The Kronos Quartet

15 Jun

As I washed the breakfast dishes this morning, I was lucky enough to hear to the Kronos Quartet play a few songs live on the radio. They were introduced under the genre of ‘New Music’, which can be described as a modern form of classical or art music. I soon learned that the Kronos Quartet, originally formed in the 1970’s, have a massive repertoire that ranges from Jimi Hendrix songs to Philip Glass arrangements, Tom Waits accompaniments to commissioned songs by African, Latvian, and Azerbaijani composers. I got the feeling that no matter what they play, it always sounds new; even through the speakers of my tiny kitchen radio, their music was absolutely captivating and mind-opening.

They performed their beautiful take on Blind Willie Johnson’s “Dark is the Night”, followed by a cover of a Bollywood song completely unknown to me, and finally what I think was an original composition. Each song had me glued to the radio until the final sendoff. This afternoon I did a quick search online for the quartet, which revealed a pretty badass cover of Foxy Lady, and a recording of Sigur Ros’ Flugufrelsarinn. My very favourite was a live (and heart-breakingly incomplete) recording of the quartet covering Svefn-g-englar, my very favourite Sigur Ros song. Hearing that soaring cover live would be incredible.

Tonight they’re playing the Luminato Festival at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Performing Arts, for those spontaneous enough to get there by 8pm!


One Response to “The Kronos Quartet”

  1. littlegordiesunshine September 11, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    you should check out the steve reich piece “different trains”.

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