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|1||Ya Habibi Ta'ala (My Love, Come Quickly) (Midhat Assem, arr. O. Golijov & Kronos)||2:57|
|2||Tashweesh (Interference) (Ramallah Underground, arr. Kronos & J. Garchik)||3:21|
|3||Wa Habibi (Beloved) (Trad., arr. S. Prutsman)||3:10|
|4||Getme, Getme (Don’t Leave, Don’t Leave) (Said Rustamov, arr. A. Qasimov, string arr. J. Garchik)||12:04|
|5||Raga Mishra Bhairavi: Alap (Ram Narayan, arr. Kronos, transc. Ljova)||7:02|
|6||Oh Mother, the Handsome Man Tortures Me (Unattrib., arr. Ljova & Kronos)||3:01|
|7||Mugam Beyati Shiraz (Rahman Asadollahi, arr. Kronos, transc. Ljova)||9:22|
|8||Lullaby (Trad., arr. Kronos & J. Garchik)||4:08|
|9||Nihavent Sirto (Tanburi Cemil Bey, arr. S. Prutsman)||3:16|
|10||Kara Kemir (Kuat Shildebaev, arr. Kronos)||4:23|
|11||Tèw semagn hagèré (Listen to Me, My Fellow Countrymen) (Alèmu Aga, arr. J. Garchik)||4:02|
|12||... hold me, neighbor, in this storm ... (Aleksandra Vrebalov)||21:46|
News & Reviews
- Monday, August 12, 2013
Kronos Quartet helped close out the opening day of the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park on Friday night with a flourish: first performing with The National (pictured here with Bob Weir, who joined for a song), then returning to the stage for the closing act, Sir Paul McCartney, for his encore, a performance of "Yesterday." Rolling Stone reports the performance "moved virtually every single person in the field, including security guards and food vendors." Watch it here.
- Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Lincoln Center Out of Doors Kicks Off with Kronos at 40, Five-Day Kronos Quartet "Festival Within a Festival"
The 2013 Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival gets under way today, and featured among the festival's 100 free performances taking place across the plazas of New York's Lincoln Center this summer are the events of Kronos at 40, curated in collaboration with Kronos Quartet to mark its 40th anniversary. This "festival within a festival" unfolds during the first five days of the larger festival and includes 28 concerts and events with daily appearances by Kronos plus performances by other artists. Check out the complete schedule of events and watch an interview with Kronos Quartet's David Harrington here.
About this Album
London's Evening Standard recently declared, “Kronos's ears have always been open to extraordinary sounds of the world.” On Floodplain, the Quartet explores work from the Middle East, South Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe with original arrangements of traditional music and newly commissioned pieces. There's vintage pop from Egypt, folk from Azerbaijan, electronica from a Palestinian music collective, and an ambitious piece from Serbian composer Aleksandra Vrebalov that has the contemplative grace of a Górecki masterwork.
Floodplains are extremely fertile tracts of land that border rivers, and many have been settled for millennia. The album was inspired by the idea that floodplains—which are prone to devastating flooding—will experience new life after a catastrophe, just as cultures that undergo great difficulty will experience creative fertility.
Kronos’ artistic director and founder David Harrington says, “Floodplain was imagined and recorded during one era in American politics, and then released during a very different one. Our work is a continuously evolving interaction with the world we are a part of, and we are always trying to find ways to reflect what it means to be musicians today.”
As journalist Anastasia Tsioulcas writes in Floodplain’s liner note, “Kronos Quartet has always been interested in exploring music of our time—not just work that is aesthetically current, or even necessarily contemporaneous with our era, but music that creates a dialogue with our collective concerns and issues.”
David Harrington, violin; shruti box (5), solo violin (7), duo dunia (11), gusle (12)
John Sherba, violin; solo violin (9), duo dunia (11), tapan (12)
Hank Dutt, viola; solo viola (5), tambourine (6), kina cha viola (11)
Jeffrey Zeigler, cello; solo cello (10), beguèna maridhia (11)
Jamie Papish, riqq (1), darbukka (9)
Alim Qasimov Ensemble (4): Alim Qasimov, vocal and daf; Fargana Qasimova, vocal and daf; Rafael Asgarov, balaban; Rauf Islamov, kamancha; Ali Asgar Mammadov, tar; Vugar Sharifzadeh, naghara
Terry Riley, tambura (5)
Wu Man, electric sitar (5)
Produced by David Harrington
Co-produced by Scott Fraser
Recorded August 2007–October 2008 at Architecture, Los Angeles, CA
Engineered by Scott Fraser
Track 4 recorded live on September 26, 2008, at the Ramadan Nights festival at the Barbican Centre, London, UK. Festival produced by Serious and the Barbican in collaboration with the Aga Khan Music Initiative, a program of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. Recording engineered by Adam Withford
Track 5 drone: Cello, electric sitar, shruti box and tambura recorded August 2006 at Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA. Produced by Judy Sherman. Engineered by Scott Fraser. Assistant Engineer: Dann Thompson.
Track 11 recorded October 2008 at Whip Records, Berkeley, CA. Assistant engineer: David Landon. Instruments designed and constructed by Walter Kitundu.
Track 12: Tapan provided courtesy of Warren Casey and Wicked Tinkers. Vocal sample from “Ezani Muhammedi” by Ismail Bülbül, from the album Mevlid-i Serif, (P) 1993 Uzelli Kaset San.
Album mixed and mastered by Scott Fraser and David Harrington at Architecture
Art direction and design by Frank Olinsky
Cover: Ingo Gunther
Photograph of Kronos by Jeppe Gudmundsen-Holmgreen
Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz