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November 15, 2018

Support Kronos, lift up a worldwide network of composers, musicians, students and listeners

For 45 years, Kronos Quartet/Kronos Performing Arts Association has championed new music. We have now commissioned and premiered an unprecedented 1000 new works and arrangements written by hundreds of artists from around the world. While our music reaches many thousands of people each year in concert halls and through recordings, it is now reaching even more and on an even deeper level through Kronos’ Fifty for the Future open access education initiative.

We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and our work is made possible through the generosity of too many to list here. In particular, financial support beyond ticket purchases and album sales by audience members like you helps lift up the network of composers and musicians we collaborate with, the students we mentor, and the listeners we have engaged with for decades.

In honor of our 45th year, please consider making a gift of $45 or more to help Kronos continue to reimagine the world through music. Give now >

Thank you for your support.

Kronos Quartet year end slideshow

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November 09, 2018

Watch WWI-inspired film “Beyond Zero” for free this weekend

100 years ago at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, the hostilities between more than a dozen nations ceased and World War I came to an end. To mark this day, we share composer Aleksandra Vrebalov, filmmaker Bill Morrison and Kronos’ collaboration Beyond Zero: 1914-1918, which Morrison and Icarus Films have graciously made available to stream for free on Vimeo until 11:59PM PST on November 11. Watch now >

In 2014, Beyond Zero, a work for quartet with film, was commissioned to mark the 100 year anniversary of the beginning of World War I. “Unlike official histories, that have often romanticized and glorified the war,” writes Vrebalov, “artists have typically been the keepers of sanity, showing its brutality, destruction, and ugliness.” Learn more about the project >

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November 02, 2018

Steve Reich’s masterpiece “Different Trains” back on vinyl for the first time in 25 years

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Kronos’ premiere of composer Steve Reich’s Different Trains at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Nonesuch Records has reissued Reich’s 1989 Different Trains/Electric Counterpoint album on vinyl. Featuring definitive performances of the two works by Kronos and Pat Metheny respectively, the LP was recently highlighted by Pitchfork on their “200 Best Albums of the 1980s” list. Reich won the Recording Academy’s Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition in 1989 for Kronos’ recording of Different Trains. Purchase or stream the album >

Regarding Different Trains, Reich wrote: “The idea for the piece came from my childhood. When I was one year old my parents separated. My mother moved to Los Angeles and my father stayed in New York. Since they arranged divided custody, I travelled back and forth by train frequently between New York and Los Angeles from 1939 to 1942 accompanied by my governess. While the trips were exciting and romantic at the time I now look back and think that, if I had been in Europe during this period, as a Jew I would have had to ride very different trains.” Learn more about the work for string quartet and tape in the video below.

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October 31, 2018

Kronos honored with 2018 WOMEX Artist Award

On Sunday, Kronos received the 2018 WOMEX Artist Award at the annual world music showcase, conference and trade fair. It is a great honor to be recognized “for [Kronos’] tireless efforts in the pursuit of the new; for bringing international music of all styles new audiences, new works and new outlooks; and for their stature as the most important string quartet of their generation.” Read the complete introduction from the delegate guide >

We are truly humbled to be added to the esteemed list of WOMEX award recipients. We would like to express our deep appreciation to Alexander Walter, Ben Mandelson and the rest of the WOMEX team for this honor.

We would like to acknowledge several people, whom we consider to be partners and mentors: David Jones, Lucy Duran, Bob Hurwitz, Ken Hunt, Fairouz Nishanova, Ted Levin, Wu Man and Bill Bragin. After 45 years, there are just too many people to thank by name – musicians, composers and arrangers; record companies, especially Nonesuch Records; agents and representatives; promoters, presenters and festival directors; journalists; our teachers; the Kronos Performing Arts Association staff, board and managing director Janet Cowperthwaite; our families; and, perhaps most important, you – our fans and audiences.

Congratulations to the other winners: ShoShona Kish and Glitterbeat Records.

Kronos at WOMEX
Kronos Performing Arts Association managing director Janet Cowperthwaite, Kronos Quartet – David Harrington, Sunny Yang, Hank Dutt and John Sherba – and The Arts Center at New York University Abu Dhabi executive artistic director Bill Bragin at WOMEX 18 in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain / photo by Jacob Crawfurd

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October 25, 2018

Kronos and Trio Da Kali receive Songlines Music Award for their collaboration

This weekend, Songlines Magazine, in association with Soundcrash Music, hosted its inaugural Songlines Music Awards ceremony at London’s Electric Brixton to celebrate the tenth annual distribution of the world music awards. Kronos is honored to have received the Fusion category award with Trio Da Kali for our collaborative album Ladilikan, released last year on World Circuit Records. We picked up the award with Lassana, Hawa and Mamadou, as well as producers Nick Gold and Dr. Lucy Durán, when we were last in London.

Kronos and Trio Da Kali receiving Songlines Award

Congratulations to all of the winners – Angélique Kidjo, Maya Youssef, Oumou Sangare, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, Rhiannon Giddens, Black String, and Eliza Carthy and The Wayward Band – and nominees. Learn more >

Stream/purchase Ladilikan >

Concert Schedule

Dec4Santa Barbara, CaliforniaCampbell Hall, UC Santa Barbara
Dec7Los Angeles, CaliforniaThe Theatre at Ace Hotel
Dec17San Francisco, CaliforniaDavies Symphony Hall
Jan25Berkeley, CaliforniaZellerbach Hall
Feb8New York, New YorkZankel Hall
Feb9Hartford, ConnecticutMaxwell M. & Ruth R. Belding Theater

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