—The Los Angeles Times
The most far-ranging ensemble geographically, nationally and stylistically the world has known.
Terry Riley, solo piano
Sam Green, panel moderator
Panelists: David Harrington, Terry Riley, Wu Man
An evening in two parts, celebrating Kronos Quartet's 45-year legacy and composer Terry Riley's 85th birthday. Sound, image, history, storytelling, and the magic of live performance merge in Kronos Quartet's collaboration with documentary filmmakers Sam Green and Joe Bini. Onscreen, the quartet's history at the vanguard of contemporary music unfolds through stunning archival footage and interviews with luminaries like Philip Glass, Terry Riley, Tanya Tagaq, and Steve Reich. Onstage, Kronos revisits works from its vast and expansive catalog, performing music by George Crumb, Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and many others—while Green narrates in real time. The evening begins with a special solo piano set by minimalism pioneer Terry Riley (Kronos' great friend and collaborator), and a panel conversation with the artists. A Thousand Thoughts is "as magical an amalgamation as anything you can imagine" (Los Angeles Times).
Please note: Paul Wiancko will perform as the quartet's guest cellist during Sunny Yang's maternity leave.
Approximate run time of this performance is 2 hours and 40 minutes, including intermission
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