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March 01, 2019

“Placeless” released today


Placeless, Kronos’ first collaboration with Iranian singers Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat, was released by Kirkelig Kulturverksted today and is now available to stream and download through Bandcamp, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora and other platforms. Listen now >

CDs will be available after April 26 and may be preordered in North and South America through Valley Entertainment at the link above. For European orders, please go here.

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February 22, 2019

Announcing Kronos Quartet & Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat: Placeless

Kronos is very excited to announce that the Norwegian record label Kirkelig Kulturverksted (KKV), in association with New York-based Valley Entertainment, will release Placeless on March 1, 2019. The CD and digital album are now available for preorder. Preorders include an immediate download of “My Ruthless Companion.”

Placeless is the first collaboration between Kronos and Iranian singers Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat. Recorded in Oslo’s Kulturkirken Jakob in November 2018, the album features 14 songs composed by Mahsa Vahdat to classical poems by Hafez and Rumi and the works of contemporary Iranian poets Forough Farrokhzad, Mohammad Ibrahim Jafari and Vahdat’s husband Atabak Elyasi. Composers Sahba Aminikia, Aftab Darvishi, Jacob Garchik and Elyasi arranged the songs for string quartet.

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February 15, 2019

Kronos receives NEA Grant for Kronos Festival 2019

This week, the National Endowment for the Arts announced more than $27 million in grants that will help provide all Americans with the opportunity to participate in and experience the arts, support local economies, and preserve American heritage while embracing new forms of creative expression. Kronos Performing Arts Association is grateful to receive an Art Works grant to support the organization’s fifth annual self-produced Kronos Festival. Art Works is the NEA’s principal grantmaking program. Learn more >

National Endowment for the Arts logo

We are planning to announce the details of Kronos Festival 2019 soon. It is being held this year on May 30, May 31 and June 1 at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, California. This year’s festival artist-in-residence is Valérie Sainte-Agathe, the artistic director of the San Francisco Girls Chorus. Stay tuned for more…

February 13, 2019

Landfall wins Grammy

Thank you to the Recording Academy for recognizing Landfall, Kronos’ Nonesuch Records album with Laurie Anderson, with the 2019 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance. Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees.

Landfall wins Grammy

We’d like to thank Scott Fraser who recorded, edited, mixed and co-produced this recording, as well as David Bither, Robert Hurwitz, and the entire Nonesuch team. Thank you also to Jacob Garchik, who was instrumental in realizing the piece, and Pomegranate Arts, which co-produced the live multimedia performances with Kronos Performing Arts Association (KPAA). We are deeply grateful for the support we received from the organizations who commissioned LandfallAdelaide Festival, Australia; Barbican, London; Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park; Peak Performances @ Montclair State (NJ); Perth International Arts Festival, Australia; Stanford Live, Stanford University; and Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. Thank you, as well, to the National Endowment for the Arts and KPAA’s board members and donors for their support, and to all those who presented the work.

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January 30, 2019

Announcing the final 10 composers of Kronos’ Fifty for the Future project

Kronos Quartet/Kronos Performing Arts Association (KPAA) is proud to announce the fifth and final group of composers to be commissioned for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire: Mark Applebaum, Rafiq Bhatia, Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, Alexandra du Bois, Barry Guy, Angélique Kidjo, Sky Macklay, Aruna Narayan, Charlton Singleton, and Paul Wiancko.

Year Five Composers

For 45 years, Kronos Quartet has collaborated with composers and musicians representing tremendous stylistic and cultural diversity. Drawing on this legacy, the nonprofit organization KPAA is developing the first learning library of contemporary repertoire for string quartet. Launched in 2015, Kronos’ Fifty for the Future is a partnership with Carnegie Hall and others that is commissioning 50 new works – by 25 women and 25 men – expressly for the training of students and emerging professionals. Scores and parts, recordings, and other learning materials for 25 of the compositions are available free of charge online here. As the remaining 25 string quartets and their supporting materials are developed, they are scheduled to be added to Kronos’ Fifty for the Future website through the 2020/21 Season.

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Concert Schedule

Jul18Ostrava, Czech RepublicGong Auditorium, Dolní Vítkovice
Jul20Bonțida, RomaniaHangar Stage, Bánffy Castle
Aug8Marina del Rey, CaliforniaBurton Chace Park
Aug30Banff, Alberta, CanadaEric Harvie Theatre, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
Sep11Las Vegas, NevadaArtemus W. Ham Concert Hall, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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


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