Kronos Quartet

5 May 2011
Main Stage
The Kronos Quartet’s career constitutes a unique musical phenomenon. On this occasion, they will be performing works by the emblematic Terry Riley, Steve Reich and Laurie Anderson, along with four young composers resident in New York: Missy Mazzoli, Bryce Dessner, JG Thirlwell and Michael Gordon.
20 - 25 - 30 - 40 - 60 € 
Concs 10 - 15 - 20 €
The Kronos Quartet’s career is a unique musical phenomenon driven by an insatiable curiosity for music from every corner of our planet. The programme will open and close with works by two historic minimalist composers: Terry Riley and Steve Reich. Riley’s Good Medicine is the closing chapter of his Salome Dances for Peace, which brings Salome into the present to use her allure to secure world peace, while Reich’s new work Triple Quartet is dedicated to the Kronos Quartet by the composer. Michael Gordon’s (Bang On a Can founder) Clouded Yellow translates the kinetic impression of the flight of a swarm of yellow butterflies into a dense and pulsating musical texture.

After this lone allusion to nature, the remaining works (like Reich’s) take the city of New York as their starting point. Missy Mazzoli has written a “love song to the Brooklyn Bridge”, while the same neighbourhood provides Bryce Dessner (best known as a member of the rock band The National) with the starting point for a memorial journey to Poland and Russia, retracing in reverse the route his family took when they emigrated to the US. Laurie Anderson's Flow is taken form her latest album Homeland (2010). The Smyrneiko minore is a transcription of the Rebetiko song which Marika Papagika recorded in 1918 in New York.

JG Thirlwell (who is better known as Foetus) travelled from Brooklyn to Oman to record the unworldly sound of sand whirling around the dunes, which he incorporated into his Eremikophobia. The composer has said that the sound of the desert continued to ring in his ears long after his return to New York.


David Harrington: violin
John Sherba: violin
Hank Dutt: viola
Jeffrey Zeigler: cello


Terry Riley 
Good Medicine from Salome Dances for Peace

Michael Gordon 
Clouded Yellow

Missy Mazzoli
Harp and Altar

Traditional (arr. Jacob Garchik
Smyrneiko Minore +

Laurie Anderson (arr. Jacob Garchik)

Bryce Dessner 

JG Thirlwell 

Steve Reich 
Triple Quartet
In three movements (played without pause)

* Written for Kronos Quartet
+ Transcribed for Kronos Quartet