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July 23, 2019

In memorium: Ben Johnston (1926-2019)

American composer Ben Johnston died this Sunday at the age of 93. He was a longtime friend and collaborator of Kronos. Artistic director, founder and violinist David Harrington writes:

“Ben Johnston wrote his String Quartet No. 4 (‘Amazing Grace’) in 1973 for the Fine Arts Quartet from Chicago. When John Sherba joined Kronos in 1978, he brought with him memories of hearing the world premiere of that stunning work as a student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Kronos began playing this fabulous set of ‘Amazing Grace’ variations in 1979, and soon we became friends with Ben Johnston.

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July 19, 2019

Celebrating the moon landing 50th with a Sun Rings music video

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Kronos has a new music video to share with you! Featuring “Beebopterismo,” the initial track off Kronos’ upcoming Nonesuch Records release Sun Rings, the video was edited by Robert Edridge-Waks and combines video footage from Willie Williams’ visual design for Kronos’ live multimedia production of the work.

Get the track now when you pre-order the album >

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July 10, 2019

Nonesuch to release Kronos’ new album Terry Riley: Sun Rings on August 30

The first full recording of Sun Rings, Kronos Quartet’s 2002 collaboration with composer Terry Riley for string quartet, chorus, and pre-recorded space sounds, will be released by Nonesuch Records on August 30, 2019. Sun Rings is available to pre-order from iTunes, the Nonesuch Store, and Amazon, where the album track “Beebopterismo” may be downloaded instantly, and may be streamed at Spotify and Apple Music. Listen below.



Commissioned in part by the NASA Art Program, Sun Rings premiered at University of Iowa’s Hancher Auditorium in October 2002. The fully staged multimedia production, which features visual design by Willie Williams, has since been performed by Kronos nearly 50 times in 11 countries and 18 states. The Sun Rings album was produced by Judith Sherman, recorded at Skywalker Sound with engineer Leslie Ann Jones, and includes the San Francisco-based vocal ensemble Volti, under the direction of founder and artistic director Robert Geary.

Kronos Quartet and Terry Riley with Leslie Anne Jones, Judith Sherman, and Dann Thompson
Kronos Quartet and Terry Riley with Leslie Anne Jones, Judith Sherman, and Dann Thompson at Skywalker / credit Lenny Gonzalez

One movement from the piece—“One Earth, One People, One Love”—was previously included on Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector: Music of Terry Riley (2015), a compilation that includes “Cry of a Lady” (originally released on 2014’s A Thousand Thoughts), “G Song” and Cadenza on the Night Plain (from 1998’s 25 Years), and previously unreleased recordings. This release, as well as Salome Dances for Peace (1989), Requiem for Adam (2001), and The Cusp of Magic (2008), were all collected into a 5-CD box set titled One Earth, One People, One Love: Kronos Plays Terry Riley.

Kronos performing Sun RIngs in Poland
Kronos performing Sun Rings in Krakow, Poland at the Sacrum Profanum Festivalin 2014 / credit Wojciech Wandzel

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June 27, 2019

Kronos helps celebrate 20th Anniversary of múm’s “Yesterday Was Dramatic - Today Is OK” – UPDATED

Today, Clash Magazine previewed Kronos’ reworking of múm’s “Smell Memory.” The song originally appeared on the Icelandic band’s 1999 debut LP Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today Is OK and this version will appear on Morr Music’s 20th anniversary re-issue, due out on August 30. Check it out here >

UPDATE – Listen on Bandcamp, Apple Music, Spotify and more >

Kronos previously performed with múm back in 2016 at Iceland Airwaves.

June 10, 2019

Congratulations David!

David Jones has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in The Queen’s 2019 Birthday Honours List.

“Congratulations to friend and colleague David Jones of Serious in London for being awarded an OBE for services to ‘music and culture.’ David has been working with Kronos for thirty years and has produced and arranged dozens of our performances in the United Kingdom. Warmest wishes from all of us at Kronos for this well deserved honor.”
    – Janet Cowperthwaite, managing director of Kronos Performing Arts Association

David Harrington and David Jones
David Harrington, founder, artistic director, and violinist of Kronos Quartet with David Jones after the Kronos at 40 concert at the Barbican in London.

Concert Schedule

Aug30Banff, Alberta, CanadaEric Harvie Theatre, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
Sep7Washington, D.C.Skylight Pavilion, The REACH at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Sep11Las Vegas, NevadaArtemus W. Ham Concert Hall, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Sep14Atlanta, GeorgiaEmerson Concert Hall
Sep15Athens, GeorgiaHugh Hodgson Concert Hall, University of Georgia
Sep17Asheville, North CarolinaDiana Wortham Theatre

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

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