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's history, including the world premieres of 40 Canons, a piece for quartet and electric guitar by Bryce Dessner (guitarist of American indie rock band, The National) – who joins Kronos on stage.

Kerf by Jarvis Cocker – a dialogue between a saw, an electric organ and a string quartet – will also be premiered. Jarvis will perform on organ/keyboard alongside the quartet.

More UK premieres of music by Terry Riley (The Serquent Risadome), Philip Glass (String quartet No.6)  and Ukrainian singer, actress and composer Mariana Sadovska (Chernobyl. The Harvest).

The evening also sees the UK premiere of Kronos at 40, a film by Sam Green.

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 / Kerf *  World premiere
    with special guests David Coulter, musical saw
and Jarvis Cocker, organ/keyboard
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 concerts
Part of All classical music events - 2013–2014 season
Part of Barbican Presents 2013–2014

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