Kronos and Others at MusicNow

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Cincinnati’s MusicNow Festival features Kronos performing some new pieces.

The Kronos Quartet present a two concerts that highlight the incredible diversity of their performances and recordings. The first evening will include two new pieces commissioned for the festival one from Tyondai Braxton, of Battles and one from Richard Reed Parry, of Arcade Fire and Bell Orchestre in addition to work by J.G. Thirlwell (Foetus), Glenn Branca, and Michael Gordon. The second evening the Kronos Quartet will explore music from around the world, including Africa, Mexico, India, Greece and the Middle East.

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Kronos Quartet Does Crumb’s Black Angels

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From the NY Times:

Anyone’s initial reaction to George Crumb’s “Black Angels,” a 1970 composition for amplified string quartet meant to echo the dark mood of the Vietnam War era, is likely to be a strong one. When the violinist David Harrington first heard the piece, in 1973, his response was to form the Kronos Quartet, a group that used Mr. Crumb’s work as a springboard for an extraordinary career of boundary-breaking discovery and innovation.

With its explosive use of noise and voices, resonant gongs and evocative borrowings from earlier music, “Black Angels” has always had an air of ritualistic drama. That aspect was made explicit in a new staging conceived by Laurence Neff, with sound design by Brian Mohr, which Kronos presented during a concert at Zankel Hall on Friday night.

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Lukas Ligeti at Portland Eye and Ear Control

From Portland Eye and Ear Control:

11/10/08 – Lukas Ligeti
Lukas Ligeti – NYC percussionist
MONDAY, 11/10/08
JaceGace (
2045 SE Belmont
donations {please} (suggested $5)

*Also Check out:

–Lukas Ligeti’s Workshop
–at Portland State University
–Monday afternoon
–3-430pm (location to be announced)

“Composer-percussionist Lukas Ligeti is developing a style of music uniquely his own, drawing upon Downtown New York experimentalism, contemporary classical music, jazz, electronica, as well as world music, particularly from Africa…. Oblivious to categorizations such as “classical”, “pop”, etc., Lukas’ main interests include cultural exchange, new forms of interplay between musicians in an ensemble, polyrhythms/polytempo structures, and non-tempered tunings, and his music ranges from the through-composed to the free-improvised. Other major sources of inspiration include experimental mathematics, computer technology, architecture and visual art, sociology and politics, and traveling…. His concert music has been commissioned by Bang on a Can, the Vienna Festwochen, Ensemble Modern, Kronos Quartet, Colin Currie and Håkan Hardenberger, the American Composers Forum, New York University, ORF Austrian Broadcasting Company, Radio France, and many others; he has also composed for dance, film, and installation.”

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‘Songs of Ascension’ takes flight at REDCAT

Meredith Monk is profiled in the Los Angeles Times:

Monk considers herself primarily a “music maker.” She resists terms such as “avant-garde” and “composer,” both of which suggest a tradition of notated sheet music at odds with her more intuitive creative process. Despite this, she works under the superficial umbrella of modern composition, releasing piano music, accepting commissions from such performers as the Kronos Quartet and Michael Tilson Thomas and issuing almost all her music on the jazz and classical label ECM.

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Amlehn / Fripp / Jeanrenaud / White Project

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News of a new project from Paul Amlehn:

The participants are:

Paul Amlehn – Texts, Vocals
Robert Fripp – Guitar, Soundscapes
Joan Jeanrenaud – Cello, Electronics
Jim White – Drums, Percussion

Robert Fripp was the founder of King Crimson, and has collaborated with artists such as David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, and Brian Eno. Joan Jeanrenaud was a member of The Kronos Quartet, and has worked with composers such as John Cage, Morton Feldman, and Philip Glass. Jim White is a member of The Dirty Three, and has played with artists such as Nick Cave, and PJ Harvey.

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