For 45 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet – David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Yang (cello) – has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually reimagine the string quartet experience. In the process, Kronos has become one of the most celebrated and influential groups of our time.
Kronos has collaborated regularly with performing artists from around the world such as Chinese pipa virtuoso Wu Man, performance artist Laurie Anderson, Azeri vocalist Alim Qasimov, legendary Bollywood “playback singer” Asha Bhosle, Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq, Iranian vocalist Mahsa Vahdat, and visual artist Trevor Paglen. Kronos has also performed and/or recorded with the likes of Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg, Angélique Kidjo, Zakir Hussain, Tom Waits, k.d. lang, Van Dyke Parks, Caetano Veloso, and múm.
Performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than 60 recordings of extraordinary breadth and creativity, collaborating with many of the world's most accomplished composers and performers, and commissioning more than 1,000 works and arrangements for string quartet, Kronos has received over 40 awards, including both the Polar Music and Avery Fisher Prize, two of the most prestigious awards given to musicians.
In 2017 Kronos Quartet recorded with Mali's Trio Da Kali, "Ladilikan" a superb record, considered by critics as a masterpiece of music, and one of the best works of the band.
His most recent album, "Landfall" (2018), was a collaboration with Laurie Anderson from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in New York in 2012. A powerful album that shows how human memory can be stronger than the catastrophe.
Roots Magazine on Ladilikan (2017) album from Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet
"The Kronos Quartet, by their very nature, have rarely been given to repeating themselves. The press on. (...) Ladilikan is a match made in heaven. A visionary project."
Ken Hunt in fRoots Magazine
“On Ladilikan Trio Da Kali and Kronos Quartet shatter boundaries of culture, genre, faith and ethnicity — all with an ease that must be heard to be believed.”
Jay Blakesberg in NPR
“Landfall is a beautiful and sublime work in both intent and depth of material. It uses seemingly simple, haunting sketches of instrumental poetry that explore a diverse palette of sounds and moods that gradually and minimally blossom both emotionally and harmonically over the course of 30 compositions. It's also an ambitious work that unifies these two distinct and towering avant-garde institutions, classical and ambient elements, acoustic and electric instruments into a singular statement.”
Nenad Georgievski in All About Jazz