For more than 40 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet has pursued a singular artistic approach, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually reimagine the experience. In the process, Kronos has become one of the most celebrated and influential groups of our time, performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than 60 recordings of extraordinary breadth and creativity, collaborating with many of the world's most intriguing and accomplished composers and performers, and commissioning more than 900 works and arrangements for string quartet. Kronos has received over 40 awards, including the Polar Music and Avery Fisher Prizes, two of the most prestigious awards given to musicians, and what’s more- several Grammy Awards.
Nowadays members of the band are following – David Harrnigton(violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Datt (viola) and Sunny Yang (cello).
Since 1973, Kronos has built a compellingly eclectic repertoire for string quartet, performing and recording works by 20th-century masters (Bartók, Webern, Schnittke), contemporary composers (Vladimir Martynov, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Sahba Aminikia), jazz legends (Charles Mingus, Maria Schneider, Thelonious Monk), rock artists (Jimi Hendrix, The Who’s Pete Townshend, Sigur Rós), and artists who defy genre (Laurie Anderson, Trevor Paglen).
Kronos’ work has collaborations with many of the world’s foremost composers, including “Father of Minimalism” Terry Riley, on projects such as the NASA-commissioned Sun Rings (2002 on NASA request) and The Serquent Risadome (2014); Philip Glass on an all-Glass CD in 1995 and recent premieres of String Quartets No. 6 (2013) and No. 7 (2014); Azerbaijan’s Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, featured on the 2005 CD Mugam Sayagi; Steve Reich, with whom Kronos has recorded the Grammy-winning composition Different Trains (1989), Triple Quartet (2001), and WTC 9/11 (2011); and many more.
Kronos has also performed live and/or recorded with artists such as Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg, Angélique Kidjo, Zakir Hussain, Tom Waits, Rokia Traoré, Van Dyke Parks, Howard Zinn, Betty Carter, Caetano Veloso, k.d. lang, Amanda Palmer, The National, and múm. Kronos has collaborated with performers from around the world, including the Chinese virtuoso Wu Man, Azeri vocalist Alim Qasimov, legendary Bollywood singer Asha Bhosle, Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq, the Romanian gypsy band Taraf de Haïdouks, Malian griot musicians Trio Da Kali, and Iranian vocalist Mahsa Vahdat.
The famed choreographers, like Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Eiko & Koma, and Paul Lightfoot and Sol have created pieces with Kronos’ music.
Kronos’ work has been featured prominently in films, including the Academy Award–nominated documentaries How to Survive a Plague (2012) and Dirty Wars (2013). Kronos recorded full scores by Philip Glass (Mishima and Dracula), Clint Mansell (Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, The Fountain, and Requiem for a Dream), Terry Riley (François Girard’s Hochelaga terre des âmes), and Jacob Garchik (Guy Maddin’s The Green Fog — A San Francisco Fantasia), as well as contributed music to 21 Grams, Heat, La grande bellezza (The Great Beauty), and many other films.
The quartet tours extensively, appearing in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Big Ears, BAM Next Wave Festival, the Barbican in London, WOMAD, UCLA’s Royce Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Shanghai Concert Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and Haydn Hall at Schloss Esterhazy. Kronos is equally prolific and wide-ranging on recordings, including Pieces of Africa (1992), a showcase of African-born composers that simultaneously topped Billboard’s Classical and World Music lists; Nuevo (2002), a Grammy and Latin Grammy-nominated celebration of Mexican culture; and the 2004 Grammy-winner, Alban Berg’s Lyric Suite, featuring renowned soprano Dawn Upshaw. Kronos’ most recent releases include the One Earth, One People, One Love: Kronos Plays Terry Riley box set; Folk Songs, featuring Sam Amidon, Olivia Chaney, Rhiannon Giddens, and Natalie Merchant; the collaborative album Ladilikan with Trio Da Kali, an ensemble of Malian griot musicians assembled by Aga Khan Music Initiative; and the forthcoming collaborative album Landfall with Laurie Anderson
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