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by Laurie Anderson for the Kronos Quartet


Laurie Anderson
Kronos Quartet:

David Harrington violin
John Sherba violin
Hank Dutt viola
Sunny Yang cello

Creation and Production:

Laurie Anderson music and text
Liubo Borrisov Erst programming
Bob Currie dramaturg
Jacob Garchik transcriptions
Laurie Anderson, Kronos Quartet and Jacob Garchik arrangements
Konrad Kaczmarek electronics and software design
Shane Koss audio rig design
Brian H Scott lighting designer
Scott Fraser audio engineer

Special thanks to Pea Hicks and Robert Becker for generously providing the optigan for Landfall.

About the Work

“These are stories with tempos. Threaded through the stories in Landfall is an account of Hurricane Sandy that blew through New York just as I was finishing the work. I’ve always been fascinated by the complex relationship of words and music whether in song lyrics, supertitles or voice over. In Landfall instruments initiate language through our new text software erst. In addition, the conflict between spoken and written text fractures the stories as well as creates an eye/ear polyphonic structure.

The blend of electronic and acoustic strings is the dominant sound of Landfall. Much of the music in this work is generated from the harmonies and delays of unique software designed for the solo viola and reinterpreted for the quartet. In addition, there were elements of the optigan, a keyboard that uses information stored on optical discs.”

–Laurie Anderson

“I have hoped that Laurie Anderson would write for Kronos since first encountering her work 30 years ago. She is the master magician musician who has always inhabited those secret places where technology has personality, where “real time” is questioned and where all the elements of performance meet and combine into music. Her process is to gather and continue to gather potentially useful aspects as she sculpts a shape. Her sense of play and fun and her continuous experimenting make her the ideal chemist [or is it alchemist?] in the laboratory of music. As Laurie discovers new essential elements, the world of thought is more encompassing and shapes of the future are becoming more apparent. What a thrill it is for Kronos to join her in Landfall as we explore what emerges together.”

—David Harrington
Kronos Quartet



Landfall, the new collaboration between Laurie Anderson and the Kronos Quartet, is 70 minutes of sensuous futurism: music amid dream time musings, an intergalactic lamentation.

Richard Scheinin, San Jose Mercury News

Landfall was commissioned by Adelaide 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. Additional project support was provided to the Kronos Performing Arts Association by the National Endowment for the Arts.

4-25-15Paris, FranceConcert Hall - Philharmonie 2Cité de la Musique
3-28-15Knoxville, TennesseeTennessee TheatreBig Ears Festival
3-17-15Chicago, IllinoisHarris Theater for Music and DanceHarris Theater for Music and Dance
10-14-14Austin, TexasBass Concert HallTexas Performing Arts - University of Texas at Austin
10-11-14Columbus, OhioWexner CenterWexner Center for the Arts
9-27-14Brooklyn, New YorkBAM Harvey TheaterBrooklyn Academy of Music
9-26-14Brooklyn, New YorkBAM Harvey TheaterBrooklyn Academy of Music
9-25-14Brooklyn, New YorkBAM Harvey TheaterBrooklyn Academy of Music
9-24-14Brooklyn, New YorkBAM Harvey TheaterBrooklyn Academy of Music
9-23-14Brooklyn, New YorkBAM Harvey TheaterBrooklyn Academy of Music

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Concert Schedule

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
Jan25New York, New YorkZankel Hall

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