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Kronos Quartet

San Francisco, CA         

For 45 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet — David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Yang (cello) — has combined a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually re-imagining the string quartet experience. In the process, Kronos has become one of the most celebrated and influential ensembles, performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than 60 recordings of extraordinary breadth and creativity, and commissioning more than 1,000 new works and arrangements for string quartet.

Integral to Kronos’ work is a series of long-running, in-depth collaborations with many of the world’s foremost composers, including Americans Terry Riley, Philip Glass, and Steve Reich; Azerbaijan’s Franghiz Ali- Zadeh; Poland’s Henryk Górecki; and Argentina’s Osvaldo Golijov. Additional collaborators from around the world have included Chinese pipa virtuoso Wu Man; the legendary Bollywood “playback singer” Asha Bhosle; Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq; Mexican rockers Café Tacuba; famed Azeri vocalist Alim Qasimov; and iconic American singer-songwriter Tom Waits. Kronos’ work has garnered numerous awards, including a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance (2004), the Polar Music Prize (2011), and the Avery Fisher Prize (2011).

The non-profit Kronos Performing Arts Association (KPAA) manages all aspects of Kronos’ work, which include commissioning of new works, concert tours, home season performances, education and mentorship activities, and community programs.

Kronos Quartet: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Bryce Dessner / “Aheym” ~~~

Traditional (arr. Jacob Garchik) / “Lullaby” ~~~

Geeshie Wiley (arr. Jacob Garchik) / “Last Kind Words”

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Traditional/Kim Sinh (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Lưu thủy trường

Kronos Quartet
with special guest Vân-Ánh Võ, đàn Tranh

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Steve Reich / WTC 9/11

1. 9/11/01

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