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Kronos Quartet "Black Angels"

Kronos Quartet "Black Angels"

  • Date(s)
    21 November, 2017
  • Time
    8pm
  • Price
    R 80,000 / S 60,000 / A 40,000
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    One of the greatest string quartets of our times - The Gramophone

     

    The most provocative contemporary music ensemble, the Kronos Quartet has dedicated 44 years to the singular artistic vision of expanding the potentials of a string quartet. Now it returns to Korea in 10 years since 2007.

    In 1973, the current 1st violinist David Harrington founded Kronos Quartet, inspired by George Crumb’s(1929~) ‘Black Angels’, a work that uncovers the brutality and the meaninglessness of the Vietnam War. Ever since its foundation, the Kronos has actively expressed its will to create music for humans, music that holds a living zeitgeist. The group continued daring experiments that challenged the perceived notions of a string quartet. Until now the Kronos has premiered over 850 works, re-inventing a new form and content for string quartets. The quartet has also been continuously pushing boundaries through their extensive collaborations with masters of contemporary music, including John Adams, Henryk Gorecki, Steve Reich, Arvo Part, and Astor Piazzolla, as well as the jazz legend Ornette Coleman, rock stars like Jimi Hendrix and Sigur Ros, and world musicians like Wu Man and Asha Bhosle.

    In the Korean performance, the Kronos Quartet will return to its origin and perform “Black Angels” and “Different Trains”, a work written by Steve Reich(1936~), which was first premiered by the Kronos and won the Grammy Award in 1989. “Black Angels” is performed not only with four string instruments, but together with effective lighting, shoutings of performers, glasses of water at different tone heights, and a gong, sustaining a level of tension from the beginning till the end. In “Different Trains”, even the voice of a person talking becomes part of the melody, synchronized with the string quartet. It will be a seminal experience to witness the groundbreaking vision of the Kronos, a group that set the milestone for numerous contemporary musicians.

     

     

    Program

    George Crumb “Black Angels”, Steve Reich “Different Trains” etc.

     

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    David Harrington, Vn
    John Sherba, Vn
    Hank Dutt, Va
    Sunny Yang, Vc

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