SAITAMA ARTS THEATER

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Kronos Quartet《Black Angels》

The Kronos Quartet’s visit to Japan after 19 years, transcending all barriers and connecting the world with the music of its time!

 

Sept. 30, 2022(Fri), Starts 7:30 pm

TICKET INFO

ON SALE TO GENERAL PUBLIC

Jun.25.2022(Sat)

 

SAITAMA ARTS FOUNDATION MEMBERS PRESALE

Jun.18.2022(Sat)

We thought they would no longer come to Japan until they announced their long-awaited tour in 2020. Next year, the Kronos Quartet, a solitary string quartet that will finally celebrate its 50th anniversary, will overcome the Corona disaster and finally visit Japan after 19 years.

The genre of indie classical music, which is not simply a cover of well-known popular songs, but has the sound and rhythmic sense of the contemporary pop scene, has been a hot topic on the outer fringes of classical music since around 2010, but Kronos has been performing diverse music that is truly genre-agnostic since the 1970s, not only playing only mainstream contemporary music, but almost never touching classical and romantic works. Without the existence of the Kronos Quartet, the string quartet would not have become old-fashioned after the 1980s, when avant-garde art also began to stagnate.

The Saitama performance will include works by longtime composers such as Reich and Riley, popular repertoire such as Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” that made the Kronos famous worldwide, and even collaborations with Yoko Ono, works by avant-garde music master Penderecki, and the famous “Black Angels” that led to the formation of the Kronos. New works will be added to the mix, including Canadian indie rock and even a song by a female Indonesian composer. This concert is a must-see and must-hear, where you can enjoy their past, future, and present in one night.

−Takayuki Komuro (Music Writer)

 

SHOW INFO

Date

Sept. 30, 2022(Fri), Starts 7:30 pm

Venue

Saitama Arts Theater / Concert Hall

Artist

David Harrington(Violin)

John Sherba(Violin)

Hank Dutt(Viola)

Sunny Yang(Cello)

Program

Steve Reich: Pendulum Music

Jimi Hendrix (arranged by Steve Rifkin): Purple Haze +

John Oswald: Spectre (excerpts) *

Yoko Ono: To Match the Sky (☆)

Nicole Lizée: Another Living Soul **

Krzysztof Penderecki: String Quartet (☆)

Peni Candra Rini (arranged by Jacob Gersick): Madhuswara **

Terry Riley: “One Earth One People One Love” from “Sun Rings” * (☆)

George Crumb: Black Angels

  • Works written for Kronos

** Work written for “Fifty for the Future”.

  • Arrangement for Kronos

(☆) Including visual/video

Produced by

Saitama Arts Foundation

Subsidized by

Subsidy for the Promotion of Culture and the Arts, Agency for Cultural Affairs(Project to strengthen the functions of theaters and music halls) 

Japan Arts Council

Profile

KRONOS QUARTET

 

David Harrington(Violin)

John Sherba(Violin)

Hank Dutt(Viola)

Sunny Yang(Cello)

 

The Kronos Quartet, originally from San Francisco, has been active for 45 years since its formation, combining a willingness to explore possibilities as a string quartet with a spirit of fearless exploration.

The Kronos Quartet has become one of the most renowned and influential ensembles in the world, giving thousands of concerts, releasing over 60 album titles, and performing with an eclectic mix of composers and artists, such as – 20th century composers (Bartók, Webern, Schnittke, etc.), contemporary composers (Lizée, Martinov, Vrebalov, etc.), jazz legends (Mingus, Evans, Monk, etc.) rock artists (Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townsend, Sigur Rós, etc.), and multi-media artists (Laurie Anderson, Trevor Paglen, etc.), as well as creating, performing, and recording over 1,000 pieces of repertoire for string quartet.

The Kronos Quartet has received more than 40 awards, including two Grammy Awards, the world-renowned Polar Music Award, the Avery Fisher Award, and the WOMEX (World Music Expo) Artist Award.

The Kronos Performing Arts Association, a non-profit organization they founded, supports all activities of the Kronos Quartet, including the commissioning of new works, concert tours, season concerts in San Francisco and California, educational programs, and the independent production of the “Kronos Festival”.

In 2015, the Kronos Quartet launched “Fifty for the Future: the Kronos Learning Repertoire.” This is the first educational and legacy project of its kind in the world, commissioning contemporary string quartet repertoire for the next generation and offering free use of the scores, sound sources, composer comments, and videos.

Childcare Service

Preschool children are not allowed to enter this performance.

Childcare reservations are available for preschool children ages 2 and up.

 

【Childcare application】

Comaam Inc.

048-240-5000 (9:00-6:00pm except Sat, Sun and holidays)

*1,000 yen per child will be charged.

*Please apply at least one week prior to the performance.

*Application will be closed as soon as it reaches capacity.

*Due to measures against new coronavirus infection, we can only accept one person per performance. Please contact if you wish to apply for more than one person.

TICKET INFO

PRICES

【All seats reserved】

*U-25 is for those who are 25 years old or younger at the time of the performance. Please present your ID at the time of admission.

*A seats may be difficult to see the stage. Please understand this in advance.

ON SALE

【Public】Jun.25.2022(Sat)

【Members】Jun.18.2022(Sat)

 

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