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 RileyThe Serquent Risadome * (UK premiere) Philip GlassString 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 SadovskaChernobyl. 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