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Kronos Quartet

Since their founding in 1973, Kronos Quartet have become the foremost ambassador of contemporary chamber music, determined and successful at breaking down barriers between musical genres and between musicians and audiences.

David Harrington, the ensemble's founder and first violinist, was inspired to form the group after hearing George Crumb's Black Angels. By the end of the 1970s, Kronos settled into a tight collaboration between Harrington, violinist John Sherba, violist Hank Dutt, and cellist Joan Jeanrenaud, and found a home base in San Francisco, California. At an early point, that initial musical inspiration and the audience reception at their performances led Kronos to devote themselves entirely to contemporary music and to present their music in a more relaxed environment than found at typical chamber music recitals.

As of 2010, the Quartet had commissioned more than 700 works and arrangements, not just for string quartet, but also for quartet plus other performers and even other sound sources. Kronos have had a particularly close working relationship with Terry Riley. In 2002, NASA commissioned Riley to write Sun Rings for Kronos, featuring sounds and images recorded by NASA instruments throughout the solar system. Other longstanding partnerships developed between Kronos and composers Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Henryk Górecki, Osvaldo Golijov, and Franghiz Ali-Zadeh.

Kronos' first big album was 1987's White Man Sleeps, and their 1989 recording of Reich's Different Trains won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Composition. Many of Kronos' other recordings have spent weeks at the top of Billboard's Classical Chart, with 2002's Nuevo nominated for both a Grammy and a Latin Grammy, and 2003's recording of Berg's Lyric Suite winning another Grammy for the ensemble. Kronos' recordings reflect their broad interests in jazz, world music, young composers, and film. In performance, they are just as catholic in their venues and collaborations, even working with several choreographers and multimedia artists.

In 1999, Jeanrenaud left the Quartet, and Jennifer Culp stepped in as the cellist. Culp left in 2005 following the recording of You've Stolen My Heart - Songs from R.D. Burman's Bollywood, and was replaced by Jeffrey Zeigler. Personnel changes aside, Kronos Quartet continue to appeal to an eclectic mix of listeners and to receive high praise for their championship of unique music. In 2011, just after the release of Uniko, a collaboration with accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen and sampling artist Samuli Kosminen, it was announced that Kronos had received both the Avery Fisher Prize (U.S.) and the Polar Music Prize (Sweden) for their exceptional achievements. ~ Patsy Morita, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: A Thousand Thoughts

Composer: Swedish Traditional
Title: Tusen Tankar
Composer: Kim Sinh
Title: Luu Thuy Truong
Composer: Irish Traditional
Title: An Buachaillin Ban
Composer: Chinese Traditional
Title: The Round Sun And Crescent Moon In The Sky
Composer: Tanburi Cemil Bey
Title: Evic Taksim
Composer: Terry Riley
Title: Cry Of A Lady
Composer: Alter Yechiel Karniol
Title: Sim Sholom
Composer: Rahul Dev Burman
Title: Mera Kuchk Saaman (Some Of My Things) (From The Film 'Ijaazat')
Composer: Astor Piazzolla
Title: Five Tango Sensations, For Bandoneón & String Quartet (Abridgement And Arrangement Of Sette Sequenze)
Composer: Irish Traditional
Title: Londonderry Air (Danny Boy), Folk Song
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Track List: Aheym: Kronos Quartet Plays Music By Bryce Dessner

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Track List: Kronos Explorer Series

Disc 1
Composer: Dumisani Maraire
Title: Mai Nozipo, For Ngoma, Hosho & String Quartet ("Mother Nozipo")
Composer: Hassan Hakmoun
Title: Saade For Voice, Sintar, Oud, Bander & String Quartet ("I'm Happy")
Composer: Foday Musa Suso
Title: Tilliboyo For Kora & String Quartet ("Sunset")
Composer: Justinian Tamusuza
Title: Ekitundu Ekisooka For String Quartet
Composer: Hamza El Din
Title: Escalay For Tar & String Quartet "Waterwheel"
Composer: Obo Addy
Title: Wawshishijay For Vocals, Donno, Brekete, Pretia, Gidi & Aketse "Our Beginning"
Composer: Kevin Volans
Title: String Quartet No 1 "White Man Sleeps"
Composer: Dumisani Maraire
Title: Kutambarara, For Vocals, Mbira, Hosho, Chorus & String Quartet ("Spreading")
Disc 2
Composer: Aleksandra Vrebalov
Title: Pannonia Boundless, For String Quartet
Composer: Carlos Paredes
Title: Canção Verdes Anos
Composer: Rahul Dev Burman
Title: Aaj Ki Raat (From The Film Anamika)
Composer: Enrique Rangel
Title: La Muerte Chiquita
Composer: Osvaldo Golijov
Title: Turceasca
Composer: Terry Riley
Title: Cortejo Funebre En El Monte Diablo
Composer: Anibal Troilo
Title: Responso
Composer: Carlos Paredes
Title: Romance No.1
Composer: Kayhan Kalhor
Title: Gallop Of A Thousand Horses, For String Quartet, Kamancheh & Tombak
Disc 3
Composer: Severiano Briseno
Title: El Sinaloense
Composer: Agustin Lara
Title: Se Me Hizo Facil, Song
Composer: Juan García Esquivel (Composer)
Title: Mini Skirt
Composer: Traditional
Title: El Llorar (Crying)
Composer: Alberto Dominguez
Title: Perfidia
Composer: Silvestre Revueltas
Title: Sensemaya, For Orchestra
Composer: Osvaldo Golijov
Title: K'in Sventa Ch'ul Me'tik Kwadulupe (Festival For The Holy Mother Guadalupe)
Composer: Margarita Lecuona
Title: Tabu (Taboo)
Composer: Belisario García de Jesús/ José Elizondo
Title: Cuatro Milpas (Four Cornfields)
Composer: Ricardo Gallardo
Title: Chavosuite
Composer: Ariel Guzik
Title: Plasmaht
Composer: Chalino Sanchez
Title: Nacho Verduzco
Composer: Cafe Tacuba
Title: 12/12
Composer: Severiano Briseno
Title: El Sinaloense
Disc 4
Composer: Traditional
Title: Kongerei
Composer: Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky
Title: Lacrymosa
Composer: Franguiz Ali-Zadeh
Title: Mugam Sayagi, For String Quartet
Composer: Sofia Gubaidulina
Title: String Quartet No.4, With Tape
Composer: Tigran Tahmizyan
Title: A Cool Wind Is Blowing
Composer: Osvaldo Golijov
Title: K'vakarat
Composer: Giya Kancheli
Title: Night Prayers, For Soprano Saxophone & String Orchestra
Disc 5
Composer: Midhat Assem
Title: Ya Habibi Ta'ala (My Love, Come Quickly)
Composer: Traditional, Lebanese
Title: Wa Habibi (Beloved)
Composer: Said Rustamov
Title: Getme, Getme (Don't Leave, Don't Leave)
Composer: Ram Narayan
Title: Raga Mishra Bhairavi
Composer: Unspecified
Title: Oh Mother, The Handsome Man Tortures Me
Composer: Rahman Asadollahi
Title: Mugam Beyati Shiraz
Composer: Iranian Traditional
Title: Lullaby
Composer: Tanburi Cemil Bey
Title: Nihavent Sirto
Composer: Kuat Shildebaev
Title: Kara Kemir
Composer: Aleksandra Vrebalov
Title: ...Hold Me, Neighbor, In This Storm..., For String Quartet
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Track List: Floodplain

Composer: Midhat Assem
Title: Ya Habibi Ta'ala (My Love, Come Quickly)
Composer: Traditional, Lebanese
Title: Wa Habibi (Beloved)
Composer: Said Rustamov
Title: Getme, Getme (Don't Leave, Don't Leave)
Composer: Ram Narayan
Title: Raga Mishra Bhairavi
Composer: Unspecified
Title: Oh Mother, The Handsome Man Tortures Me
Composer: Rahman Asadollahi
Title: Mugam Beyati Shiraz
Composer: Iranian Traditional
Title: Lullaby
Composer: Tanburi Cemil Bey
Title: Nihavent Sirto
Composer: Kuat Shildebaev
Title: Kara Kemir
Composer: Aleksandra Vrebalov
Title: ...Hold Me, Neighbor, In This Storm..., For String Quartet
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Track List: Mugam Sayagi

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Track List: Nuevo

Composer: Severiano Briseno
Title: El Sinaloense
Composer: Agustin Lara
Title: Se Me Hizo Facil, Song
Composer: Juan García Esquivel (Composer)
Title: Mini Skirt
Composer: Traditional
Title: El Llorar (Crying)
Composer: Alberto Dominguez
Title: Perfidia
Composer: Silvestre Revueltas
Title: Sensemaya, For Orchestra
Composer: Osvaldo Golijov
Title: K'in Sventa Ch'ul Me'tik Kwadulupe (Festival For The Holy Mother Guadalupe)
Composer: Margarita Lecuona
Title: Tabu (Taboo)
Composer: Belisario García de Jesús/ José Elizondo
Title: Cuatro Milpas (Four Cornfields)
Composer: Ricardo Gallardo
Title: Chavosuite
Composer: Ariel Guzik
Title: Plasmaht
Composer: Chalino Sanchez
Title: Nacho Verduzco
Composer: Cafe Tacuba
Title: 12/12
Composer: Severiano Briseno
Title: El Sinaloense
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Track List: Philip Glass: Dracula

Title: Dracula, Film Score For String Quartet
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Track List: 25 Years: Retrospective

Disc 1
Composer: John Adams
Title: John's Book Of Alleged Dances, For String Quartet
Disc 2
Composer: Ken Benshoof
Title: Traveling Music No. 4, For String Quartet
Title: Song Of Twenty Shadows, For String Quartet
Composer: Astor Piazzolla
Title: Five Tango Sensations, For Bandoneón & String Quartet (Abridgement And Arrangement Of Sette Sequenze)
Disc 3
Composer: Morton Feldman
Title: Piano And String Quartet, For Piano & String Quartet
Disc 4
Composer: Philip Glass
Title: String Quartet No.4 "Buczak"
Title: String Quartet No.3 "Mishima"
Title: String Quartet No.2 "Company"
Title: String Quartet No.5
Disc 5
Composer: Osvaldo Golijov
Title: Dreams And Prayers Of Isaac The Blind, For Clarinet & String Quartet
Composer: Sofia Gubaidulina
Title: String Quartet No.4, With Tape
Composer: Franguiz Ali-Zadeh
Title: Mugam Sayagi, For String Quartet
Disc 6
Composer: Henryk Górecki
Title: String Quartet No. 2 ("Quasi Una Fantasia"), Op. 64
Title: String Quartet No. 1 ("Already It Is Dusk"), Op. 62
Disc 7
Composer: Steve Reich
Title: Different Trains, For Double String Quartet & Tape
Composer: George Crumb
Title: Black Angels (Images I), for electric string quartet
Disc 8
Composer: Terry Riley
Title: Cadenza On The Night Plain, For String Quartet
Title: Salome Dances for Peace, pieces (5) for string quartet
Disc 9
Composer: Alfred Schnittke
Title: String Quartet No.2
Title: String Quartet No.4
Title: Concerto For Choir (Concerto For Soprano & Chorus)
Disc 10
Composer: Peter Sculthorpe
Title: String Quartet No. 11 ("Jabiru Dreaming")
Title: String Quartet No. 8
Title: From Ubirr, For String Quartet & 2 Didgeridoos
Composer: Kevin Volans
Title: String Quartet No 1 "White Man Sleeps"
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Track List: Released 1985-1995

Disc 1
Composer: Dumisani Maraire
Title: Mai Nozipo, For Ngoma, Hosho & String Quartet ("Mother Nozipo")
Composer: Astor Piazzolla
Title: Five Tango Sensations, For Bandoneón & String Quartet (Abridgement And Arrangement Of Sette Sequenze)
Composer: Ben Johnston
Title: String Quartet No. 4 ("Amazing Grace")
Composer: Steve Reich
Title: Different Trains, For Double String Quartet & Tape
Composer: Henryk Górecki
Title: String Quartet No. 2 ("Quasi Una Fantasia"), Op. 64
Composer: Terry Riley
Title: Salome Dances for Peace, pieces (5) for string quartet
Composer: George Crumb
Title: Black Angels (Images I), for electric string quartet
Composer: Arvo Pärt
Title: Fratres, For String Quartet
Composer: Philip Glass
Title: String Quartet No.5
Composer: Tigran Tahmizyan
Title: A Cool Wind Is Blowing
Composer: Samuel Barber
Title: Adagio For Strings (Or String Quartet; Arr. From 2nd Mvt. Of String Quartet), Op. 11
Disc 2
Composer: Raymond Scott
Title: Dinner Music For A Pack Of Hungry Cannibals
Composer: Scott Johnson
Title: How It Happens For String Quartet
Composer: Michael Daugherty
Title: Elvis Everywhere
Composer: Jimi Hendrix & Kronos Quartet
Title: Purple Haze
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Track List: Night Prayers

Composer: Traditional
Title: Kongerei
Composer: Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky
Title: Lacrymosa
Composer: Franguiz Ali-Zadeh
Title: Mugam Sayagi, For String Quartet
Composer: Sofia Gubaidulina
Title: String Quartet No.4, With Tape
Composer: Tigran Tahmizyan
Title: A Cool Wind Is Blowing
Composer: Osvaldo Golijov
Title: K'vakarat
Composer: Giya Kancheli
Title: Night Prayers, For Soprano Saxophone & String Orchestra
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Track List: Pieces Of Africa

Composer: Dumisani Maraire
Title: Mai Nozipo, For Ngoma, Hosho & String Quartet ("Mother Nozipo")
Composer: Hassan Hakmoun
Title: Saade For Voice, Sintar, Oud, Bander & String Quartet ("I'm Happy")
Composer: Foday Musa Suso
Title: Tilliboyo For Kora & String Quartet ("Sunset")
Composer: Justinian Tamusuza
Title: Ekitundu Ekisooka For String Quartet
Composer: Hamza El Din
Title: Escalay For Tar & String Quartet "Waterwheel"
Composer: Obo Addy
Title: Wawshishijay For Vocals, Donno, Brekete, Pretia, Gidi & Aketse "Our Beginning"
Composer: Kevin Volans
Title: String Quartet No 1 "White Man Sleeps"
Composer: Dumisani Maraire
Title: Kutambarara, For Vocals, Mbira, Hosho, Chorus & String Quartet ("Spreading")
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Track List: Terry Riley: Salome Dances for Peace

Disc 1
Title: Salome Dances for Peace, pieces (5) for string quartet
Disc 2
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Track List: Michael Gordon: The Sad Park (Live)

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Track List: Music Of Vladimir Martynov

Title: The Beatitudes, For String Quartet
Title: Schubert-quintet (Unfinished)
Title: Der Abschied, For String Quartet
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Track List: Reich: WTC 9/11

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