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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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Calendar, Night&Day En Garde!

En Garde!

It’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 years, Kronos has pursued high-profile collaborations…
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Music, Tanya Tagaq modernizes Inuit vocal traditions

Tanya Tagaq modernizes Inuit vocal traditions

Tanya Tagaq's new album, Auk/Blood, is a portrait of a primeval past that is also quite futuristic. Animalistic grunts and howls mix with beatboxing and sensual gasps, the chorus of which emanates from Tagaq's vocal cords. An Inuit throat singer…
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Music, Kronos Quartet bridges war-torn cultures

Kronos Quartet bridges war-torn cultures

Read any article about Kronos Quartet, and it will be abundantly clear that David Harrington gushes with unbridled ardor for music the world over. The violinist, who founded San Francisco's experimental string quartet in 1973, listens for new pieces to…
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News, Feature My Tunes: Kronos Quartet

My Tunes: Kronos Quartet

San Francisco's world-renowned Kronos Quartet has charted an impressive course around the globe, commissioning more than 600 works — and releasing more than 45 records — with composers from China, Russia, Vietnam, and Iraq since its inception more than 30…
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Music, Reviewed Kronos Quartet and Asha Bhosle

Kronos Quartet and Asha Bhosle

It's ironic that the big zinger for Kronos Quartet's latest CD -- teaming up with famed "Queen of Bollywood" vocalist Asha Bhosle -- is actually its weakest link. While longtime fans naturally expect the S.F.-based classical-music innovators to push the…
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Music, Pointed Counterpoints

Pointed Counterpoints

Timing is everything: In the early 1960s, 10 years before the renowned new music ensemble Kronos Quartet formed, minimalist composer Steve Reich was studying music at Mills College in Oakland. In the late 1970s, when Kronos was ensemble-in-residence at Mills,…
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Uncharted Territories

Terry Riley isn't an easy person to track down. At least his albums aren't: I was in a record store recently looking for the Lisbon Concert, his brilliant 1995 recording of his own solo piano music, recorded on the final…
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Melding Pot

Serrated strings of ear-bleed intensity saw through the silence like air raid sirens. Then a sharp decrescendo reduces the din to a faint, tormented echo. The music's dynamic rocks back and forth like this, escalating to an epic tension in…
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Kronos Quartet For more than 20 years, Kronos Quartet's David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola), and Joan Jeanrenaud (cello) have challenged the notion of propriety in the classical milieu by commissioning and interpreting works that venture far…
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