Awakenings: A Kronos Quartet Residency

Made in America

24 January 2012 / 20:00
Hackney Empire

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Bryce Dessner Aheym (Homeward)
Missy Mazzoli Harp and Altar UK premiere
Tyondai Braxton Uffe’s Woodshop European premiere
Thelonious Monk (arr. Randall Woolf) ’Round Midnight’ UK premiere
Traditional (arr. Jacob Garchik) Smyrneiko Minore
Terry Riley Another Secret eQuation London premiere with special guests Trinity Laban Chamber Choir, Stephen Jackson conductor
Michael Gordon Exalted London premiere with Trinity Laban Chamber Choir, Stephen Jackson conductor


George Crumb Black Angels London premiere of 2008 production
Credits for Black Angels:
Laurence Neff, Lighting and Stage Designer
Brian Mohr, Sound Designer
Calvin Ll. Jones, Technical Director

Programme subject to change

The Kronos Quartet

David Harrington violin
John Sherba violin
Hank Dutt viola
Jeffrey Zeigler cello
conductor tbc
Special guest choir tbc

David Harrington on George Crumb's Black Angels

'Dressed in black, the quartet's versatility really came to the fore in Black Angels. The minimalist tones, extremely difficult to play, were performed to perfection.' Edinburgh Guide

Kronos Quartet: George Crumb - Black Angels, I. Departure

Kronos Quartet: George Crumb - Black Angels, II. Absence

Is there an ensemble, let alone a string quartet, which have so fearlessly, fascinatingly and fruitfully traversed the international world of music as the Kronos Quartet? Paying no heed to the so often artificial boundaries placed between genres, the group's collaborations have included a Chinese pipa player, inuit throat singer, sound artists, a British alternative cabaret group, rock bands, DJs - as well, of course, as some of the most significant classical composers and artists working today. Some of those artistic relationships form part of their Barbican residency, this first concert alone featuring London premieres of works by Terry Riley, Michael Gordon and George Crumb, as well as works by exciting young American musical voices, the composers Missy Mazzoli and Bryce Dessner.

'Their successes have widened the world of sound.' New York Times

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Part of Summer Music 2012
Part of Classical Music all events 2011-12
Part of Great Performers 2011 - 2012
Part of Awakenings: A Kronos Quartet Residency

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