With so many innovative composers now edging into the mainstream, navigating the forms and structures of the new musical landscape can seem a daunting task, for listeners and young composers alike. To be sure, modern works have enjoyed an increase in visibility, but while there is no shortage of outlets for these pieces to be judged, there are precious few opportunities for them to be studied. Forever straddling the "cutting-edge" or the "ultra-contemporary", much of the 21st Century repertoire has been anxiously awaiting induction into the western---if not, global---music canon. To remedy this, David Harrington, Artistic Director of the Kronos Quartet, has recently flung open a new door, embarking on a project that has the potential to fundamentally transform the way music is taught in the 21st Century. Welcome to the Fifty for the Future Project.
Bryce Dessner is a renaissance man of contemporary classical composition. Known to most popular music fans as an indie rock guitarist, Dessner’s compositional talent can’t be confined to any singular category.
Classical composers don't always remain classical composers. Some embrace multiple projects; others ditch the medium entirely for something more down-to-earth. Neither column can perfectly sum up the experience of composer Anna Meredith regarding her sudden departure from the classical medium and her foray into world of electronica and pop music -- a genre which, at 37, she admitted was foreign territory. A former in-house composer with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and with Sinfonia ViVA, her electronic work (previewed in her 2012/2013 EPs) has culminated in the March 4th release of her debut album Varmints (under Moshi Moshi Records).
Centredisc will be releasing a new album titled "Tundra Songs" featuring Kronos Quartet in a trio of works by Canadian composer Derek Charke. Inuit throat singer, Tanya Tagaq will also appear on the album, which will be released in March. Kronos will also be playing the world premiere of "Charke’s Dear Creator, help us return to the centre of our hearts" at Carnegie Hall.
The Kronos Quartet/Kronos Performing Arts Association, in partnership with Carnegie Hall, has announced “Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire.” Beginning with the 2015-16 season, the project will commission a collection of 50 new works, 10 per year over five years, devoted to the most recent approaches to the string quartet.
The full line-up for the Big Ears Festival, the eclectic, avant-guard music festival in Tennessee, has been announced. Notable acts include Laurie Anderson, Ben Frost, Jamie xx, Swans, Perfume Genius, Bryce Dessner of The National and Wilco’s Nels Cline. Max Richter will also be performing with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra with Kronos Quartet serving as the festival’s artists-in-residence
Composer Lisa Bielawa is creating an opera for the modern world. “ Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch’s Accuser” is a serial opera. This means that the performance was made to be seen on television or online in short installments which will be released over a period of two years.
The album's stirring mix of imagery, techniques, atmospheres and rhythms speaks to a level of creative ambition worthy of the cellist's virtuosity, perhaps not surprising in a veteran of the Kronos Quartet's musical adventures.
Excited as we were to hear about Big Ears Festival Artists-in-Residence, and Classicalite favorite, Kronos Quartet making their way to Knoxville in 2015, we are overjoyed with the initial line up announcement. From March 27 to 29 contemporary classical composers and loads of indie darlings will descend upon Nashville to bring one of the more expertly curated festivals of the season circut run.
Always garnering significant excitement and attention, the Big Ears Festival is gearing up for its March 27–29 run in 2015. Next year, they will premiere the heralded Kronos Quartet as their 2015 Artists-in-Residence.
We recently caught up with Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry in transit to the Hollywood Bowl for a few quick quips on his album "Music For Heart And Breath," released this summer on Deutsche Grammophon Records.
Kronos Quartet is featured in a 3D point capture video performing and discussing a piece from the Kronos Explorer Series box set on The New York Times.
The glass will be shattered regarding who's the better minimalist--Steve Reich vs. Phil Glass--in Brooklyn, New York during a three-day performance at BAM's upcoming Next Wave Festival 2014. Alcohol will be served, too.
Co-founding twin brothers Bryce and Aaron Dessner--whose C.V. includes curating BAM's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Fest AND the Kronos Quartet (with Bryce) release of Ahem--have long found inspiration in Jackie K. To wit, Bryce wrote an orchestral piece entitled "St. Carolyn By the Sea", inspired by Big Sur...the novel.
You can still hear eighth blackbird before they fly the Chicago coop. The Grammy-winning new music group will present a program dominated by Chicago-area composers on Wednesday, August 28 at Millennium Park--including a première by Glenn Kotche, a composer more widely known as the drummer from rock band Wilco.