Inside the Album: Kronos Quartet's 'Black Angels'
June 29, 2020 marked the 30th anniversary of the release of “Black Angels” on Nonesuch Records. “It seems as relevant today as it did in 1973,” says Harrington. “As an album, ‘Black Angels’ set our course for the next 30 years and beyond.” Listen now:
Kronos Quartet & Mahsa Vahdat: Vaya, Vaya
Kronos Quartet and Iranian vocalist Mahsa Vahdat perform “Vaya, Vaya,” Vahdat’s declaration of love to her motherland. Written and recorded in isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, “Vaya, Vaya” first premiered on June 11, 2021, and is available as a single.
Jlin: “Little Black Book”
Kronos performs a work written by prominent electronic producer and artist Jlin. This piece is part of Kronos’ 50 For the Future Collection; the score and parts can be downloaded for free online.
Charlton Singleton: “Testimony”
Kronos Quartet performs “Testimony,” Charlton Singleton’s 50 for the Future work based on musical practices of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in which his father was a pastor.
Sahba Aminikia & Pınar Demiral: “Nasrin’s Dream”
A new work inspired by Nasrin Sotoudeh, an Iranian human rights lawyer who was wrongfully sentenced to 38 years of prison and 148 lashes for defending women’s right to choose their own attire.
Mary Kouyoumdjian: “Silent Cranes (iv. you flew away)”
From Mary Kouyoumdjian’s ’Silent Cranes,’ which premiered in Yerevan, Armenia in 2015. Images by Laurie Olinder. Words by David Barsamian.
Zachary James Watkins: “Listen to Clarence”
A new short piece, written by Zachary James Watkins, that features the voice of Dr. King’s speechwriter, friend, and associate, Dr. Clarence B. Jones.
Wu Man: “Reflections on Blue Lake”
Kronos Quartet and Wu Man collaborate from their homes.
Sebastian Kloborg: “DIORAMA”
A new dance film directed by Sebastian Kloborg, featuring dancers Daniil Simkin and Maria Kochetkova. The musical inspiration draws from two of our 50 for the Future works: “Another Living Soul” by Nicole Lizée and “Little Black Book” by Jlin.
Marcel Zyskind: “KNOCK – Part I”
A new dance piece directed by Marcel Zyskind, featuring Maria Kochetkova performing choreography by Sebastian Kloborg. The title and musical inspiration draw from our very own “Knock,” Joan Jeanrenaud’s 2016 work for Kronos’ 50 for the Future.
Angélica Negrón: “Marejada”
Kronos Quartet performs Negrón’s work for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire. Composed in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the piece was specifically created to be played online, from separate locations via a video conferencing platform.
“Salam Aleykom,” music by Sahba Aminikia
Kronos Quartet premieres from home a new work based on the famous Iranian melody by Hassan Kassai.
Aleksandra Vrebalov: “ANTENNAE: a fragment”
Kronos Quartet collaborates with artists in Serbia for its first new work created in isolation. Performed with Monk Hierotheos.
Kronos Listening Session: Wa Habibi (Beloved)
Although we are separated physically in different spaces, we can still be together in a musical space.
“One Earth, One People, One Love” official music video
From Kronos’ 2019 Nonesuch Records release Terry Riley: Sun Rings, directed by Willie Williams and created by Treatment Studio, London.
“Beebopterismo” official music video
From Kronos’ 2019 Nonesuch Records release Terry Riley: Sun Rings
“Smell Memory” live
múm and Kronos performing at Iceland Airwaves festival 2017
“My Ruthless Companion” official music video
From Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat and Kronos’ 2019 release Placeless (Kirkelig Kulturverksted/Valley Entertainment)
Barcelona residency recap
In June 2019 as part of Festival Grec, Kronos was in residency at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC) to coach students in works Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire.
“Tegere Tulon” mini-documentary
Trio Da Kali’s Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté revisits the handclapping songs – or Tegere Tulon – of her childhood to compose a new work for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire .
“Tita” official music video
From Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet’s 2018 Songlines Music Award-winning album Ladilikan (World Circuit Records)
NPR Music’s 10th Anniversary Concert
Kronos performs ”House of the Rising Sun,” Islam Chipsy’s “Zaghlala”, George Gershwin’s “Summertime,” and Wilco’s “Born Alone,” the latter with special guest Jeff Tweedy, at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., on December 2, 2017.
“The Water Rises” / “Our Street Is a Black River” official music video
From Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet’s 2018 Grammy Award-winning album Landfall (Nonesuch Records)
Carnegie Hall workshop recap
Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire is discussed following the Kronos Quartet Workshop presented in 2016 by the Weill Music Institute of Carnegie Hall
“On Steve Reich’s Different Trains” mini-documentary
In November 2018, Nonesuch Records celebrated the 30th anniversary of Kronos’ premiere of composer Steve Reich’s Grammy Award-winning composition Different Trains in London by reissuing Reich’s 1989 Different Trains/Electric Counterpoint album on vinyl.
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