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Pieces of Africa

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  • Kronos Quartet's acclaimed 1992 album Pieces of Africa is now available on vinyl for the first time, from Nonesuch Records. The vinyl edition features the album on two 140-gram LPs. This "potent new brew of folk influences, Minimalism, and European forms by eight black, brown, and white African composers," as Time described it, became a cross-cultural and commercial landmark: the first album to top both the classical and world music Billboard charts.

     

  • Kronos Quartet released its Nonesuch Records debut album 30 years ago today, August 15, 1986. The self-titled album includes works by Peter Sculthorpe, Aulis Sallinen, Philip Glass, Conlon Nancarrow, and Jimi Hendrix. The Washington Post praised the group's "breadth of vision" throughout a collection "devoted to some of the most imaginative music of our time." The New York Times called it "the best recorded anthology yet to capture the heady diversity of musical idioms that this San Francisco quartet espouses."

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    This “potent new brew of folk influences, Minimalism, and European forms by eight black, brown, and white African composers,” as Time described it, became a cross-cultural and commercial landmark: the first album to top both the classical and world music Billboard charts.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Kronos Quartet:
    David Harrington, violin
    John Sherba, violin
    Hank Dutt, viola
    Joan Jeanrenaud, cello

    with
    Dumisani Maraire, ngoma, hosho, lead vocal, mbira (1, 12)
    Hassan Hakmoun, lead vocal, sintir (2)
    Radouane Laktib, oud, vocal (2)
    Said Hakmoun, bander, vocal (2)
    Foday Musa Suso, kora (3)
    Hamza El Din, tar (5)
    Obo Addy, donno, brekete, pretia, aketse, gidi, vocal (6)
    Dan Pauli, hosho (12)
    Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir (12)
    Terrence Kelly, director

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Judith Sherman and Kronos Quartet
    Recorded 1989-1991
    Engineers: Bob Edwards, Judith Sherman, Paul Zinman
    Assistant Engineers: Tony Eckert, Nelson Wong, M.T. Silvia

    Art Direction and Design: Manhattan Design
    Photography by Margaret Courtney-Clarke

    Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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Friday, February 21, 1992 - 05:00
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This “potent new brew of folk influences, Minimalism, and European forms by eight black, brown, and white African composers,” as Time described it, became a cross-cultural and commercial landmark: the first album to top both the classical and world music Billboard charts.

Description: 

This “potent new brew of folk influences, Minimalism, and European forms by eight black, brown, and white African composers,” as Time described it, became a cross-cultural and commercial landmark: the first album to top both the classical and world music Billboard charts.

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Judith Sherman and Kronos Quartet
Recorded 1989-1991
Engineers: Bob Edwards, Judith Sherman, Paul Zinman
Assistant Engineers: Tony Eckert, Nelson Wong, M.T. Silvia

Art Direction and Design: Manhattan Design
Photography by Margaret Courtney-Clarke

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79275

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
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Saturday, February 1, 1992 - 05:00
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Label: 
MP3
UPC: 
075597990669
Price: 
10.00
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CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597927528BUN
Price: 
15.00
MusicianDetails: 

MUSICIANS
Kronos Quartet:
David Harrington, violin
John Sherba, violin
Hank Dutt, viola
Joan Jeanrenaud, cello

with
Dumisani Maraire, ngoma, hosho, lead vocal, mbira (1, 12)
Hassan Hakmoun, lead vocal, sintir (2)
Radouane Laktib, oud, vocal (2)
Said Hakmoun, bander, vocal (2)
Foday Musa Suso, kora (3)
Hamza El Din, tar (5)
Obo Addy, donno, brekete, pretia, aketse, gidi, vocal (6)
Dan Pauli, hosho (12)
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir (12)
Terrence Kelly, director

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