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Kronos Quartet is a string quartet founded by violinist David Harrington in 1973. Since 1978, the quartet has been based in San Francisco, California. The longest-running combination of performers (1978–1999) had Harrington and John Sherba on violin, Hank Dutt on viola and Joan Jeanrenaud on cello. Jennifer Culp replaced Jeanrenaud on cello in 1999. Jeffrey Zeigler replaced Culp on cello in 2005.

Recently, the Kronos Quartet began a commission process for composers under the age of 30, in the hope of bringing some of the talented young composers of our day to light. Kronos specializes in new music and has a long history of commissioning new works. In fact, over 600 works have been created for the Kronos Quartet. They have worked with many minimalist composers including Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Terry Riley and Kevin Volans.

Kronos has collaborated with composers from diverse countries such as Franghiz Ali Zadeh from Azerbaijan and Osvaldo Golijov from Argentina. Golijov is a MacArthur Fellow who has done compositions and arrangements for Kronos CDs such as Caravan and Nuevo. Kronos covers a very broad range of musical genres: Mexican folk, experimental, pre-classical early music, movie soundtracks [ Requiem for a Dream ] jazz and tango.

Kronos has even recorded adaptations of Purple Haze, Flugufrelsarinn, Marquee Moon, and Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals. Composers aside, Kronos has teamed up with artists from around the world, including the legendary Bollywood “playback singer” Asha Bhosle; the American soprano Dawn Upshaw; Mexican pop-rockers Cafe Tacuba; and the Romanian gypsy band Taraf de Haidouks.

Kronos has performed live with the likes of the late poet Allen Ginsberg, Modern Jazz Quartet, David Bowie, and Bjork, and has appeared on recordings with such diverse talents as singer-songwriters Dave Matthews, Nelly Furtado, Rokia Traore, Joan Armatrading, and Texas yodeler Don Walser.

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2011 - Vladimir Martynov 2000 - Caravan 2000 - Nuevo 1993 - Morton Feldman 1985 - Monk Suite: Kronos Quartet Plays Music Of Thelonious Monk

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[ Morton Feldman ] Written two years before his death in 1987, Morton Feldman's Piano and String Quartet is a shimmering, pristine musical event. Contrasting Aki Takahashi's widely-spaced piano arpeggios with Kronos Quartet's extended chords, Feldman allows lingering sounds from either the piano or the strings to haze over many of the piece's near-silences. Kronos plays their parts with tremulous fragility, often making pointedly clear the viola's musical valley between the leading violins and the trailing cello. By the time Feldman composed this piece, he was deeply committed to extended works--chamber pieces that could telescope motifs and worry their tonality so that it warbled between hauntingly atonal and familiarly tonal singing. This is a powerful, evening piece, one that can set an extravagantly crystalline musical mood. __[ Andrew Bartlett ].

[ Monk Suite: Kronos Quartet Plays Music Of Thelonious Monk ] Kronos Quartet rearranges and reinvents the music of Thelonious Monk in a stunning fashion. If you've heard their disc of Bill Evans interpretations, you'll know what I mean. The Playing is top notch, and the swing is there. This record also feature special guest Ron Carter, released Oct 18, 2005 on the Savoy label

[ Nuevo ] With 'Nuevo' - a project based entirely around Mexican composers, musical traditions and influences - the Kronos Quartet have delivered one of the most striking group odysseys to date. Produced by Gustavo Santaolalla, both an authority on Latin American art music as well as the most in-demand producers of rock en espanol, the album also features a host of guest artists from both the concert hall as well as the streets of Mexico. Housed in a slipcase. 2002.

To say that the Kronos Quartet's Nuevo is their most adventurous outing to date is hardly an understatement. This diverse collection of Mexican compositions and traditional tunes brims with an unpredictable energy and a dazzling array of Latin American guest performers, and, yes, Kronos keeps up throughout. A cocktail pop tune from Esquivel gets covered, there's a chamber arrangement of Revueltas's sprawling orchestral work Sensemaya, and Nortec Collective member Plankton Man remixes Kronos's interpretation of "El Sinaloense" into a sizzling dance music track, which closes the disc. The playing is spirited, to say the least (just check out "El Llorar," with guest vocalists Alejandro Flores and Efren Vargas). But this is foremost a party record.

A bevy of reverb effects and instrumentation (including a squeaky musical leaf solo on "Perfidia") ensures that things stay unpredictable. Production work by Rock en Espanol producer Gustavo Santaolalla infuses this disc with an edgy modernism. The bulk of these compositions have been arranged by composer Osvaldo Golijov, who seemingly brings a manic energy and a playfulness to everything he touches. Chamber music purists may scoff, but the rest of us will be busy dancing and thrilling to this exciting, genre-blurring Kronos project. __[ Jason Verlinde ].

[ Caravan ] The Kronos Quartet--apparently tired of performing some of the most riveting Western classical works composed in the last century--decided to take a vacation with Caravan. Where did they go? As evidenced by this globetrotting disc, seemingly everywhere. Music from the Middle East, South America, India, Portugal, and California (to name just a few) find their way onto this genre-blurring disc, along with a few surprises. They do a dizzying take on Dick Dale's "Miserlou," which we learn was originally written by Nicholas Roubanis in the '30s; perform a tune from India's bustling "Bollywood" film music industry; and tackle Terry Riley's inventive "Corgeo Funebre en el Monte Diablo"--the second movement of his Requiem for Adam (written for the late son of Kronos leader David Harrington). These are disparate but enthralling works that run the gamut from frenetic to reflective. Even though Caravan sounds less cohesive than Kronos's other world music foray, Pieces of Africa, this is still an enthralling collection and a must for Kronos fans. __[ Jason Verlinde ].

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Artist - Kronos Quartet Album - Morton Feldman Release Date - 1993 Genre - Contemporary-classic, Experimental, Instrumental, Mod-classical [ AWESOME ] Tracklist 1 Piano And String Quartet 79:33 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kronos Quartet - Morton Feldman -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Kronos Quartet Album - Monk Suite: Kronos Quartet Plays Music Of Thelonious Monk Release Date - 1985 Genre - Contemporary-classic, Experimental, Instrumental, Mod-classical [ AWESOME ] Tracklist Monk Suite 01 - Well, You Needn't 5:00 02 - Rhythm-a-ning 3:06 03 - Crepuscule With Nellie 2:40 04 - Off Minor / Epistrophy 8:11 05 - 'Round Midnight 4:36 06 - Misterioso 4:01 Monk Plays Ellington 07 - It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) 4:03 08 - Black And Tan Fantasy 3:44 09 - Brilliant Corners 5:05 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kronos Quartet - Monk Suite: Kronos Quartet Plays Music Of Thelonious Monk -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Kronos Quartet Album - Vladimir Martynov Release Date - 2011 Genre - Contemporary-classic, Experimental, Instrumental, Mod-classical [ AWESOME ] Tracklist 1 The Beatitudes Schubert - Quintet (Unfinished) 2 Movement I 3 Movement II 4 Der Abschied -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kronos Quartet - Vladimir Martynov -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Kronos Quartet Album - Caravan Release Date - 2000 Genre - Contemporary-classic, Experimental, Instrumental, Mod-classical [ AWESOME ] Tracklist 01. Pannonia Boundless (alexandra Vrebalov) 02. Cancao Verdes Anos [song Of Green Years] (carlos Paredes) 03. Aaj Ki Raat [tonight Is The Night] (rahul Dev Burman) 04. La Muerte Chiquita [the Little Death] (enrique Rangel) 05. Turceasca [turkish Song] (sapo Perapaskero) 06. Szomoru Vasarnap [gloomy Sunday] (rezso Seress) 07. Cortejo Funebre En El Monte Diablo [funeral March On Mount Dia 08. Blo] (terry Riley) 09. Responso [responsory] (anibal Troilo) 10. Romance No. 1 (carlos Paredes) 11. Gallop Of A Thousand Horses (kayhan Kalhor) 12. Ecstasy (ali Jihad Racy) 13. Misirlou Twist (nicolas Roubanis) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kronos Quartet - Caravan -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Kronos Quartet Album - Nuevo Release Date - 2000 Genre - Contemporary-classic, Experimental, Instrumental, Mod-classical [ AWESOME ] Tracklist 01. El Sinaloense 02. Se Me Hizo Facil 03. Mini Skirt 04. El Llorar 05. Perfidia 06. Sensemaya 07. Kin Sventa Ch´ul Me´tik Kwadulupe 08. Tabu 09. Cuatro Milpas 10. Chavosuite 11. Plasmaht 12. Nacho Verduzco 13. 12/12 14. El Sinaloense (dance Mix) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kronos Quartet - Nuevo --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Artist - Kronos Quartet, Kimmo Pohjonen And Samuli Kosminen Album - Uniko [ * * * * * ] Release Date - 2011 Genre - Modern Classical, Post-Minimalism, Experimental, Violin [ Battle Of Violins & Cello's / SUPER GOOD ] Tracklist 01 - Uniko I. Utu 02 - Uniko II. Plasma 03 - Uniko III. Sarma 04 - Uniko IV. Kalma 05 - Uniko V. Kamala 06 - Uniko VI. Emo 07 - Uniko VII. Avara -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kronos Quartet, Kimmo Pohjonen And Samuli Kosminen - Uniko -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Floodplain Artist - Kronos Quartet Album - Floodplain Release Date - 2009 Genre - Contemporary-classic, Experimental, Instrumental, ( VERY GOOD ), Mod-classical Tracklist 01 - Ya Habibi Taala 02 - Tashweesh 03 - Wa Habibi 04 - Getme Getme 05 - Raga Mishra Bhairavi Alap 06 Oh Mother The Handsome Man Tortures Me 07 - Mugam Beyati Shiraz 08 - Lullaby 09 - Nihavent Sirto 10 - Kara Kemir 11 - Tew Semagn Hagere 12 - Hold Me Neighbor In This Storm -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kronos Quartet - Floodplain Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Kronos Quartet Album - Plays Sigur Rós Release Date - 2007 Genre - Modern Classical, Post-Minimalism, Experimental, Violin [ Battle Of Violins & Cello's / SUPER GOOD ] Tracklist 1 Flugufrelsarinn 2 The Star-Spangled Banner -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kronos Quartet - Plays Sigur Rós -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Kronos Quartet Album - Alban Berg + Harry Partch Release Date - 2003 Genre - Modern Classical, Post-Minimalism, Experimental, Violin [ Battle Of Violins & Cello's / SUPER GOOD ] Tracklist 01. I. Allegretto Gioviale 02. II. Andante Amoroso 03. III. Allegro Misterioso 04. IV. Adagio Appassionato 05. V. Presto Delirando 06. VI. Largo Desolato 07. Leaving Carmel, Californi-El 08. Leaving Imlay, Neva-Day 09. Wait for the Next Drag 10. Crossing Great Salt Lake, U-Take 11. There Are Rides on the Highway at Green River 12. Did I Ever Ride Freights? Huh! 13. Leaving Little America, Wyo-Ma 14. North Platte, Nebras-Katte -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kronos Quartet - Alban Berg + Harry Partch -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Krosnos Quartet Album - Peteris Vasks: String Quartet No. 4 Release Date - 2003 Genre - Modern Classical, Post-Minimalism, Experimental, Violin [ Battle Of Violins & Cello's / SUPER GOOD ] Tracklist 1 Elegy 7:21 2 Toccata I 2:52 3 Chorale 6:26 4 Toccata II 3:47 5 Meditation 11:28 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kronos Quartet - Peteris Vasks: String Quartet No. 4 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Krosnos Quartet Album - Terry Riley: Requiem for Adam Release Date - 2001 Genre - Modern Classical, Post-Minimalism, Experimental, Violin [ Battle Of Violins & Cello's / SUPER GOOD ] Tracklist 1 Kronos Quartet - Ascending the Heaven Ladder 2 Kronos Quartet - Cortejo Funebre en el Monte Diablo 3 Kronos Quartet - Requiem for Adam 4 Terry Riley - The Philosopher's Hand -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kronos Quartet - Terry Riley: Requiem for Adam -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Krosnos Quartet Album - Winter Was Hard Release Date - 1988 Genre - Modern Classical, Post-Minimalism, Experimental, Violin [ Battle Of Violins & Cello's / SUPER GOOD ] Tracklist 01 Winter Was Hard, Op. 20 1:40 02 Half-Wolf Dances Mad in Moonlight 8:21 03 Fratres 9:23 04 Six Bagatelles, Op.9: Mäßig / Leicht bewegt / Ziemlich fließend / Sehr langsam / Äußerst langsam / Fließend 3:57 05 Forbidden Fruit (Variations for Voice, String Quartet and Turntables) 10:20 06 Bella by Barlight 2:47 07 Four, for Tango 4:41 08 Quartet No. 3: Andante / Agitato / Pesante 19:06 09 Adagio 7:09 10 A Door Is Ajar 0:37 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kronos Quartet - Winter Was Hard Password: www.thesirenssound.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Krosnos Quartet Album - White Man Sleeps Release Date - 1997 Genre - Modern Classical, Post-Minimalism, Experimental, Violin [ Battle Of Violins & Cello's / SUPER GOOD ] Tracklist A1 White Man Sleeps #1 (Kevin Volans) 4:31 A2 Scherzo: Holding Your Own (Charles Ives) 1:23 A3 Pano da Costa (Cloth From the Coast) (Jon Hassell) 19:21 A4 Morango… Almost a Tango (Thomas Oboe Lee) 6:22 B1 Lonely Woman (Ornette Coleman) 3:08 B2 Amazing Grace (Ben Johnston) 11:48 B3 White Man Sleeps #5 (Kevin Volans) 3:38 B4 String Quartet No. 3 (Béla Bartók) 15:30 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kronos Quartet - White Man Sleeps -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Kronos Quartet Album - Glass: Dracula Release Date - 1999 Genre - Modern Classical, Post-Minimalism, Experimental, Violin [ Battle Of Violins & Cello's / SUPER GOOD ] Tracklist 01 Dracula 1:12 02 Journey to the Inn 0:43 03 The Inn 1:16 04 The Crypt 1:16 05 Carriage Without a Driver 2:11 06 The Castle 3:10 07 The Drawing Room 1:06 08 "Excellent, Mr. Renfield" 2:46 09 The Three Consorts of Dracula 1:30 10 The Storm 1:29 11 Horrible Tragedy 1:22 12 London Fog 1:15 13 In the Theatre 2:48 14 Lucy's Bitten 2:18 15 Seward Sanatorium 2:57 16 Renfield 2:57 17 In His Cell 1:31 18 When the Dream Comes 2:07 19 Dracula Enters 3:59 20 Or a Wolf 4:38 21 Women in White 3:07 22 Renfield in the Drawing Room 3:26 23 Dr. Van Helsing and Dracula 2:23 24 Mina on the Terrace 4:42 25 Mina's Bedroom / The Abbey 3:53 26 The End of Dracula 4:06 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kronos Quartet - Kronos Quartet Performs Philip Glass -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Kronos Quartet Album - Night Prayers Release Date - 1994 Genre - Modern Classical, Post-Minimalism, Experimental, Violin [ Battle Of Violins & Cello's / SUPER GOOD ] Tracklist 1 Kongerei (Traditional, arr. Steven Mackey) (with Huun-Huur-Tu) 3:43 2 Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky: Lacrymosa (with Dawn Upshaw, soprano) 6:06 3 Franghiz Ali-Zadeh: Mugam Sayagi 21:31 4 Sofia Gubaidulina: Quartet No. 4 11:54 5 Tigran Tahmizyan: A Cool Wind Is Blowing (with Djivan Gasparyan, duduk) 4:01 6 Osvaldo Golijov: K'vakarat (with Mikhail Alexandrovich, cantor) 8:15 7 Giya Kancheli: Night Prayers 23:19 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kronos Quartet - Night Prayers -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Krosnos Quartet Album - At the Grave of Richard Wagner Release Date - 1993 Genre - Modern Classical, Post-Minimalism, Experimental, Violin [ Battle Of Violins & Cello's / SUPER GOOD ] Tracklist 1 Franz Liszt: At the Grave of Richard Wagner 2:54 2 Alban Berg: String Quartet, Op. 3: I 9:08 3 Alban Berg: String Quartet, Op. 3: II 10:07 4 Anton Webern: Five Pieces, Op. 5: I 2:30 5 Anton Webern: Five Pieces, Op. 5: II 2:27 6 Anton Webern: Five Pieces, Op. 5: III 0:41 7 Anton Webern: Five Pieces, Op. 5: IV 1:48 8 Anton Webern: Five Pieces, Op. 5: V 3:28 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kronos Quartet - At the Grave of Richard Wagner -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Krosnos Quartet Album - Pieces Of Africa Release Date - 1992 Genre - Modern Classical, Post-Minimalism, Experimental, Violin [ Battle Of Violins & Cello's / SUPER GOOD ] Tracklist 01 Mai Nozipo ("Mother Nozipo") 02 Saade ("I'm Happy") 03 Tilliboyo ("Sunset") 04 Ekitundu Ekisooka ("First Movement") 05 Escalay ("Waterwheel") 06 Wawshishijay ("Our Beginning") 07 White Man Sleeps (Part I) 08 White Man Sleeps (Part II) 09 White Man Sleeps (Part III) 10 White Man Sleeps (Part IV) 11 White Man Sleeps (Part V) 12 Kutambarara ("Spreading") -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kronos Quartet - Pieces Of Africa -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Kronos Quartet Album - Black Angels Release Date - 1990 Genre - Contemporary-classic, Experimental, Instrumental, ( VERY GOOD ), Mod-classical Tracklist 01 George Crumb: Black Angels, Mvt. I Departure 5:37 02 George Crumb: Black Angels, Mvt. II Absence 5:25 03 George Crumb: Black Angels, Mvt. III Return 7:29 04 Thomas Tallis: Spem in Alium (arr. Kronos Quartet) 9:01 05 István Mártha: Doom. A Sigh 11:03 06 Charles Ives: They Are There! 3:01 07 Dmitri Shostakovich: Quartet No. 8, Mvt. I Largo 4:56 08 Dmitri Shostakovich: Quartet No. 8, Mvt. II Allegro molto 2:36 09 Dmitri Shostakovich: Quartet No. 8, Mvt. III Allegretto 4:18 10 Dmitri Shostakovich: Quartet No. 8, Mvt. IV Largo 4:10 11 Dmitri Shostakovich: Quartet No. 8, Mvt. V Largo 3:57 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kronos Quarted - Black Angels -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bark Cat Bark ~ Motohiro Nakashima ~ Les Fragments De La Nuits ~ Gurdjieff Tsabropoulos ~ Eleni Karaindrou --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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