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April 26, 2019

UPDATED – Meklit added to Kronos Festival 2019 and more announcements

Kronos Festival 2019 is in less than five weeks, and Kronos has some exciting new developments:

NEW UPDATE (May 6, 2019) – Oakland-based writer, poet, spoken word artist, actor, dancer, emcee, and choreographer Michael Wayne Turner III has also been added to Voices of a People’s History on Opening Night (May 30). He and Kronos previously collaborated on Echoes, a spoken-word chamber opera composed by Danny Clay, written and performed by Youth Speaks with Kronos and The Living Earth Show, and presented by San Francisco Performances and Kronos Presents.

ADDITIONAL UPDATE (April, 29, 2019) – Musician, singer-songwriter, composer, arranger, and band leader Brian Carpenter of Beat Circus and Ghost Train Orchestra will join the June 1 Day 3 concert as part of Kronos and Friends Celebrate Pete Seeger at 100.

San Francisco Bay Area singer-songwriter Meklit Hadero will join the May 30 Opening Night concert as part of Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People’s History and June 1 Day 3 concert as part of Kronos and Friends Celebrate Pete Seeger at 100.

Also on Opening Night, Kronos will premiere Enthusiasm Strategies, composed by Missy Mazzoli for Kronos’ 50 for the Future education initiative.

Kronos’ oft-requested arrangement of Sigur Rós‘s “Flugufrelsarinn” has been added to the Day 2 concert on May 31.

The complete program for the June 1 Saturday morning Family Concert has been announced.

Listen to playlists on Spotify or YouTube to get a taste of many of the guest artists and composers who will be featured during our fifth annual music festival, including CocoRosie, Sam Amidon, Jlin, Bang on a Can’s Michael Gordon, Jherek Bischoff, Trio Da Kali’s Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, San Francisco Girls Chorus, filmmaker Sam Green, and many many others.

Kronos Festival 2019 poster

Kronos Festival 2019 is produced by the Kronos Performing Arts Association (KPAA) and is part of the San Francisco-based 501(c)3 nonprofit’s KRONOS PRESENTS program. Now in its fifth year, the festival highlights the voices of singers, storytellers, and activists over three evening concerts, a Saturday morning family concert, and Kronos Labs, free public events that are new this year.

During the festival, a wide range of artists will join Kronos on stage. Experimental duo CocoRosie, Malian griot singer Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté (of Trio Da Kali), and the San Francisco Girls Chorus are all returning from last year’s festival. In addition, folk musicians Sam Amidon and Lee Knight, local singer-songwriter Meklit Hadero, composer and bassist Jherek Bischoff, writer Rebecca Solnit, and filmmaker Sam Green will perform. Highlighting Kronos’ legacy of mentorship, students from the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts once again take center stage during the festival. Kronos is honored that Valérie Sainte-Agathe, artistic director of the San Francisco Girls Chorus and frequent Kronos collaborator, will be Kronos Festival 2019’s Artist-in-Residence. Additional guests will be announced.

Each festival presents Kronos with an opportunity to unveil new work. The ensemble will debut the first part of a project, commissioned by the FreshGrass Foundation, that will commemorate the life and legacy of folk icon and activist Pete Seeger, who would have turned 100 years old this May. Kronos will also perform the Bay Area premiere of Glorious Mahalia, a work by Chicago-based composer Stacy Garrop that celebrates legendary singer Mahalia Jackson through the words and spirit of oral historian and activist Studs Terkel.

Kronos also premieres three pieces written for 50 for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire: Flashlight by Stanford University composer Mark Applebaum, whose works frequently consist of both gestural movements and sound; Enthusiasm Strategies by Missy Mazzoli, “one of the more consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York” (New York Times); and Tegere Tulon by Diabaté, whose work is inspired by (and receives its title from) the tradition of handclapping songs and dances created spontaneously by girls in country villages of southern Mali. Kronos’ 50 for the Future is a string quartet commissioning, performance, education and legacy project that is creating a library of 50 works—composed by 25 women and 25 men—designed to guide young amateur and early-career professional string quartets in developing and honing the skills required for the performance of 21st-century repertoire. During Kronos Festival 2019, scores and parts, recordings, and other pedagogical materials for five new works will be made publicly available on Kronos’ website, bringing the total number of available works to 30. This release includes experimental electronic music producer Jlin’s Little Black Book, which Kronos performs on Opening Night.

Kronos Festival 2019 is made possible by generous support from San Francisco Grants for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, and the Kronos Performing Arts Association Board of Directors.


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