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Argus Quartet performs at Carnegie Hall

Argus Quartet

Argus Quartet

The Argus Quartet, current fellowship quartet-in-residence at the Yale School of Music, will perform at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall on April 15. The concert is part of the Kronos Quartet’s weeklong workshop for young professional string quartets to explore new works. These works are commissioned as part of Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, a major commissioning initiative devoted to the most contemporary approaches to the string quartet. The workshop culminates in the Zankel Hall performance, which also features selections from one of Kronos’ signature works, Terry Riley’s Salome Dances for Peace.

In addition to the Riley, the concert includes music by Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Garth Knox, and Wu Man, and the Friction and Ligeti Quartets will also perform.


(Buy one ticket and get the second one free with code KRO23736*. Doors open one hour early, and the first 200 concertgoers receive a voucher for a free drink.)


Published April 12, 2016
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A CLASSIC(AL) COLLABORATION: Bryce Dessner & Kronos Quartet

Bryce-KronosBlurt Magazine
By Steven Rosen

Rock musicians usually have been free about acknowledging their influences – country, bluegrass, blues, folk, jazz, Latin music and more. But there’s one exception: classical.

Maybe it’s out of lingering embarrassment over those self-indulgent prog-rock bands of the early 1970s – Emerson, Lake & Palmer, particularly – and the bombastic metal bands with their Wagnerian pretensions. Too, once punk and alternative ushered in the notion that inspired amateurism was nirvana, the virtuosity demanded by classical didn’t seem a comfortable fit for rockers.


Published February 10, 2014
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Bryce Dessner: A Musician for Every Space, and Beyond

San Francisco Classical Voice
By Brett Campbell


Photo by Natasha Brown

In August, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet performed with the acclaimed indie rock band The National at the Outside Lands Festival in Golden Gate Park. Although playing rock-influenced music is nothing new to Kronos, the two groups shared a more intimate connection. The National’s guitarist, Bryce Dessner, had also written some of the material Kronos was playing on its current tour.

It was just the latest example of Dessner’s double career as an indie rocker and in-demand composer of music for classical ensembles. Along with his work with The National and the new music quartet Clogs, he’s collaborated with adventurous musicians from Steve Reich, Nico Muhly, Philip Glass, David Lang, and other members of Bang on a Can All Stars, to Bon Iver, Jonny Greenwood (of Radiohead), and many others — another demonstration of the increasingly permeable barrier between the artificial categories of pop and classical music. MORE

Published November 7, 2013
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The National’s Bryce Dessner Announces Kronos Quartet Collaborative Album Aheym

By Evan Minsker

The National and Clogs member Bryce Dessner has announced his debut recording as a composer. Aheym is out November 5 via Anti-. It’s a collaboration between Dessner and the avant-classical outfit Kronos Quartet, and it features the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

“Aheym” (which means “homeward” in Yiddish) was initially written by Dessner for Kronos Quartet’s performance at the Celebrate Brooklyn! festival in 2009. The album features four tracks– an homage to Laurence Neff, Kronos Quartet’s lighting designer of 25 years (“Tenebre”), a piece influenced by Czech performers Irena and Vojtěch Havel (“Little Blue Something”), and a piece inspired by Chilean poet Vicente Huidobro (“Tour Eiffel”). MORE

Published August 21, 2013
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