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Music, All Shook Down Catch a Show at This Week's Kronos Quartet Festival (You Won't Regret It)

Catch a Show at This Week's Kronos Quartet Festival (You Won't Regret It)

Kronos Quartet is one of the most fascinating, innovative, and long-standing musical groups of San Francisco. The neoclassical string group was formed in Seattle in 1973 by violinist David Harrington. When Harrington moved to San Francisco in 1978, the…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: Kronos Quartet Goes Minimalist Punk at Cal

Live Review: Kronos Quartet Goes Minimalist Punk at Cal

Kronos Quartet: Cusp of Magic With special guest Wu Man on pipa Sunday, January 18, 2015 Hertz Hall Leave it to contemporary string ensemble Kronos Quartet and “Father of Minimalism” composer Terry Riley to pair world-class pipa (Chinese lute) player…
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Music, All Shook Down Kronos Quartet Evokes the Fury of WWI in "Beyond Zero: 1914-1918"

Kronos Quartet Evokes the Fury of WWI in "Beyond Zero: 1914-1918"

By LOU FANCHER Kronos Quartet: "Beyond Zero: 1914-1918" Score by Aleksandra Vrebalov and film by Bill Morrison Sunday, April 6, 2014 Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley Better than: Actually living through WWI. Or, the hope-it-never-happens sound of WWIII, take your pick.…
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Music, Hear This Kronos Quartet: Show Preview

Kronos Quartet: Show Preview

The repertoire of San Francisco chamber ensemble Kronos Quartet is both large and staggeringly diverse. As likely to collaborate with minimalist composers like Philip Glass as to interpret the pop songs of Bob Dylan or Television, Kronos Quartet is a…
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Music, All Shook Down Kronos Quartet's David Harrington On Celebrating S.F. Composers at YBCA

Kronos Quartet's David Harrington On Celebrating S.F. Composers at YBCA

For the last four decades, San Francisco's Kronos Quartet has been confounding the expectations of the classical music world by redefining the role of the traditional string quartet. Group leader/violinist David Harrington and his compadres -- John Sherba, violins; Hank…
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Music, All Shook Down Amon Tobin on Writing Music in the Marin Woods and His Bigger, Bolder <em>ISAM 2.0</em> Show

Amon Tobin on Writing Music in the Marin Woods and His Bigger, Bolder ISAM 2.0 Show

Brazilian electronic music producer Amon Tobin grew up in England, moved to Montreal in 2002, and quietly moved to Marin County almost three and a half years ago. He hasn't had much time to get acquainted with Bay Area life,…
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Music, All Shook Down Amon Tobin To Perform with Kronos Quartet in Berkeley; <i>ISAM</i> Show Gets More Mind-Bending

Amon Tobin To Perform with Kronos Quartet in Berkeley; ISAM Show Gets More Mind-Bending

Ambitious sound nerd Amon Tobin had already put together a real retina-dazzler with the original tour supporting his latest album, ISAM. The S.F.-based electronic artist hired a bunch of computer whizzes and production veterans to build a custom 3-D installation…
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Calendar, Night&Day Brutally Delicate

Brutally Delicate

Watching Eiko & Koma is like observing nature. The duo is brutal and beautiful; lingering, gradual, and dynamic; deliberate and chaotic. In a word, awesome. While the two are neither natives nor residents of the Bay Area, their impact on…
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Music, All Shook Down Steve Reich and Kronos Quartet on Their "Shocking, Terrifying" New Piece, <i>WTC 9/11</i>

Steve Reich and Kronos Quartet on Their "Shocking, Terrifying" New Piece, WTC 9/11

Steve Reich's memorial composition WTC 9/11 -- out tomorrow, Sept. 20, on Nonesuch -- starts with the ferocious beeping of a phone left off the hook, doubled by David Harrington, violinist of the Kronos Quartet. Layers of strings pile…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Links: Hunx at Daytrotter, Up Close with Tyler, the Creator, and More

Music Links: Hunx at Daytrotter, Up Close with Tyler, the Creator, and More

Yours Truly gets up close and personal with Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator.…
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Music, Hear This Show preview: Kronos Quartet

Show preview: Kronos Quartet

For more than three decades, Kronos Quartet has blown through musical borders with an appetite for innovation rarely found in any genre, let alone the often-traditional-leaning, classical-string-group milieu. After original cellist Joan Jeanrenaud left in 1999, the combo spiced up…
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Music, All Shook Down What To Do? Wednesday's Pick: Kronos Quartet

What To Do? Wednesday's Pick: Kronos Quartet

Kronos Quartet's 4 Fences @ Z SpaceIt's no stretch to call the Kronos Quartet iconic; the string foursome's very name has become shorthand for visionary, genre-blind exploration. And rightly so. Its lineup changing ever so gradually over the past 38…
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