Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet


“Laurie Anderson’s collaboration with the San Francisco-based string quartet presents a powerful, elegiac cycle of songs that show how human memory can be stronger than catastrophe.”

Jenn Pelly,

About the album

2019 Grammy Award – Best Chamber Music / Small Ensemble Performance

Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet’s Landfall was inspired by Anderson’s experience of Hurricane Sandy. It juxtaposes electronics and strings with Anderson’s descriptions of loss, from water-logged pianos to disappearing animal species to Dutch karaoke bars. The original multimedia stage production also included projected text that was triggered by the live instruments through Erst, a software developed by Anderson and programmed by Liubo Borissov. Examples of this text are included in the official music videos for the album.


Laurie Anderson, violin, vocals, keyboards, samples, percussion, filters

Kronos Quartet
David Harrington, violin
John Sherba, violin
Hank Dutt, viola
Sunny Yang, cello

Composed by Laurie Anderson for Kronos Quartet
Music and text by Laurie Anderson
Transcriptions by Jacob Garchik
Arrangements by Laurie Anderson, Kronos Quartet, and Jacob Garchik

Produced by Scott Fraser, Laurie Anderson, and Kronos Quartet
Executive Producer: David Bither

Landfall premiered at the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in February 2013 and 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.


  1. CNN Predicts a Monster Storm
  2. Wind Whistles Through the Dark City
  3. The Water Rises
  4. Our Street Is a Black River
  5. Galaxies
  6. Darkness Falls
  7. Dreams
  8. Dreams Translated
  9. The Dark Side
  10. Built You a Mountain
  11. The Electricity Goes out and We Move to a Hotel
  12. We Learn to Speak Yet Another Language
  13. Dawn of the World
  14. The Wind Lifted the Boats & Left Them on the Highway
  15. It Twisted the Street Signs
  16. Then It Receded
  17. The Nineteen Stars of Heaven
  18. Nothing Left but Their Names
  19. All the Extinct Animals
  20. Galaxies II
  21. Never What You Think It Will Be
  22. Thunder Continues in the Aftermath
  23. We Blame Each Other for Losing the Way
  24. Another Long Evening
  25. Riding Bicycles Through the Muddy Streets
  26. Helicopters Hang Over Downtown
  27. We Head Out
  28. Everything Is Floating
  29. Gongs and Bells Sing
  30. Old Motors and Helicopters

Released by Nonesuch Records



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