Kronos at 40

A one-of-a-kind 40th-anniversary celebration featuring new music by Philip Glass, Bryce Dessner, Jarvis Cocker and more

13 May 2014 / 20:00

£20 - 35 plus booking fee*

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San Francisco's Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet continues its tradition of storied Barbican appearances in this one-of-a-kind 40th-anniversary celebration.

The evening features commissioned works by favourite composers and collaborators from throughout Kronos' history, including a UK premiere by Philip Glass and world premieres of pieces by Bryce Dessner (guitarist of The National) and Jarvis Cocker.

Ukranian singer and composer Mariana Sadovska also joins Kronos on stage for the UK premiere of her composition, Chernobyl.The Harvest. A piece for one voice and string quartet, based on ancient-ceremonial music of norhtern Ukraine and contemporary sound scales, it is a 'pagan requiem'  which uses the nuclear catastrophy of Chernobyl as a starting point to experiment with distruction and creation of musical structures and stories.

Programme (subject to change)

Kronos at 40  (UK premiere)
a film by Sam Green

Terry Riley The Serquent Risadome * (UK premiere)
Philip Glass String Quartet No. 6 *  (UK premiere)
    in three movements
Bryce Dessner
40 Canons * (World premiere)
    with special guest Bryce Dessner, guitar


Jarvis Cocker / NEW WORK *  World premiere
    with special guest David Coulter, musical saw
Mariana Sadovska Chernobyl. The Harvest *  (UK premiere)
    I.  Doroha. Дорога (The Road)
    II. Zhnyva. Жнива (The Harvest)
    III. Platch. Плач (Lamentation)
    IV. Rai. Рай (Paradise)
    with special guest Mariana Sadovska, voice, harmonium

* Written for Kronos

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Part of Explorations: The Sound of Nonesuch Records
Part of Contemporary Music events
Part of All classical music events - 2013–2014 season
Part of Barbican Presents 2013–2014

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