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November 04, 2019

Kronos to receive prestigious Dutch career achievement award later this month

The Kronos Quartet is honored to be awarded the Ouevreprijs for career achievement by the Edison Foundation at the annual Edison Klassiek Awards. Kronos previously received Edisons for the albums Black Angels in 1991 and Kronos Caravan in 2001. With the Ouevreprijs, it is being honored for its achievements over the past 46 years. “Since the first performance in 1973,” says the award jury, “Kronos Quartet has recorded more than 50 albums, invariably filled with new notes for the string quartet. It is high time to crown this unique achievement with an Edison Klassiek Ouevreprijs.”

Edison Awards for Black Angels and Kronos Caravan

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October 30, 2019

Kronos releases official music video for One Earth, One People, One Love

Two months ago, Nonesuch Records released the first full recording of Sun Rings, composed by Terry Riley for string quartet, chorus and pre-recorded spacescapes and performed by Kronos with the vocal ensemble Volti (read the reviews). Today, we release the official music video for the final movement “One Earth, One People, One Love,” which features the voices of astronaut Gene Cernan and poet Alice Walker. Directed by Willie Williams, the video was recently created by Treatment Studio, London, for the Sun Rings multimedia live show. Stream/purchase Sun Rings >

The “One Earth, One People, One Love” film was commissioned for Kronos by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support was provided by Treatment Studio, London.

 

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October 23, 2019

The reviews are in for SUN RINGS

On August 30, Nonesuch Records released Terry RIley’s Sun Rings, performed by Kronos with the Volti vocal ensemble, and the reviews are now pouring in:

“Few composer-quartet collaborations measure up to the remarkable relationship formed between Terry Riley and the Kronos Quartet, a creative partnership that has spanned almost 40 years… Riley’s deep absorption in and understanding of musical cultures and traditions lends a certain universality to his musical language that resonates powerfully when the world is viewed as a small round object thousands of miles away… Cosmic stuff.” – Gramophone

“Collaborations between legendary minimalist composer Terry Riley and venerated string ensemble Kronos Quartet go back decades… Each [resulting piece] has served to stretch the boundaries of both minimalism and chamber music, usually in the service of introducing audiences to exotic forms of music from different parts of the world… With Riley’s SUN RINGS compositions and the sounds gathered by [physicist Don] Gurnett and NASA, we’re all able to picture ourselves side-by-side with the music of the world beyond our own.” – PopMatters

“SUN RINGS takes us on an acoustic adventure whose sonic and spiritual dimensions embody Riley’s untempered wonder at creation… At a time in history when things are looking dire on so many fronts, SUN RINGS’ unfettered optimism and faith in the essential goodness of humankind is a breath of intergalactic fresh air…. Much of the music on SUN RINGS defies verbal explication. Riley’s genius for creating a unified whole out of seemingly disparate parts is abetted by Kronos’ playing.” – Stereophile Magazine

Sun Rings Press Quote Slideshow

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September 23, 2019

Check out Kronos’ new Fifty for the Future site

Kronos Quartet/Kronos Performing Arts Association announces the launch of a new website for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, the San Francisco–based nonprofit’s ongoing multi-year commissioning, performance, education and legacy initiative. Designed and developed by the San Francisco design and storytelling company First Person, the site provides a gateway to discover, explore and learn contemporary string quartets composed by 25 women and 25 men from around the world. The free digital learning library currently contains 30 scores and parts, recordings and supplemental learning materials. When completed, this collection will feature 50 new pieces. Launched in 2015 with Lead Partner Carnegie Hall, the initial scores have been downloaded more than 14,000 times in 88 countries and territories worldwide.

Fifty for the Future homepage and composers page

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August 30, 2019

Sun Rings out today

Nonesuch Records has released Sun Rings, composed by Terry Riley for string quartet, chorus, and pre-recorded spacescapes and performed by Kronos Quartet with Volti. The ten-movement, 80-minute work is available on CD, as a digital download in MP3 and FLAC formats, and on Apple Music, Spotify and many other streaming services. Purchase/stream >

Sun Rings

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Concert Schedule

Nov22Utrecht, NetherlandsGrote Zaal, TivoliVredenburg
Jan15Stanford, CaliforniaBing Concert Hall
Jan18Tucson, ArizonaCrowder Hall, University of Arizona School of Music, College of Fine Arts
Jan19Phoenix, ArizonaMIM Music Theater
Jan20Phoenix, ArizonaMIM Music Theater
Jan23Hanover, New HampshireSpaulding Auditorium

Kronos tours often! View all of our venues and dates.

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