Founded over 40 years ago, San Francisco-based Kronos Quartet has been revolutionizing the approach to string ensemble repertoire, infusing jazz and world music, among other genres, into classical, and seeking out cross-cultural collaborations with some of the world’s most intriguing composers and performers. “The Kronos Quartet has broken the boundaries of what string quartets do” (New York Times). The ensemble—David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Yang (cello)—is not only known for its dedication to musical experimentation, but also for using its art to address sociopolitical concerns. “The quartet remains as geographically, politically and spiritually feisty as ever” (Los Angeles Times). Today, Kronos Quartet has commissioned nearly 1,000 new works and arrangements and received over 40 awards,including the Avery Fisher Prize, the Polar Music Prize, and a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance.
The ensemble comes to Santa Fe with an enticing program, including the work “The Journey of the Horizontal People,” which was composed by Albuquerque-based Raven Chacon and commissioned by Kronos Quartet as part of their Fifty for the Future program.
Islam Chipsy (arr. Jacob Garchik)—Zaghlala Philip Glass—Quartet Satz Traditional (arr. Jacob Garchik)—The House of the Rising Sun Tanya Tagaq (arr. Jacob Garchik)—Sivunittinni Rhiannon Giddens (arr. Jacob Garchik)—At the Purchaser’s Option with variations Raven Chacon—The Journey of the Horizontal People Yevgeniy Sharlat—pencil sketch Terry Riley—One Earth, One People, One Love from Sun Rings
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