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Howl, U.S.A.

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  • It was thirty years ago today: Kronos Quartet's album Black Angels, featuring composer George Crumb’s title piece, was released on Nonesuch. Kronos's connection to the piece dates back to the ensemble's origins when, in 1973, violinist David Harrington was inspired to form the group after hearing the work. Crumb's piece sets a powerful tone for the collection, which addresses the political, physical, and spiritual consequences of war, and includes works by Tallis, Ives, Shostakovich, and Istvan Marta. "As a piece of music, George Crumb's Black Angels remains at the heart of Kronos," Harrington says in a new short film about the album you can watch here. "It seems as relevant today as it did in 1973. As an album, Black Angels set our course for the next thirty years and beyond."

  • Kronos Quartet has released a short film edited by Evan Neff scored to its performance of an excerpt of Peace Be Till, which composer Zachary Watkins wrote for the group in 2018. In the piece, Dr. Clarence B. Jones, the former personal counsel, speechwriter, and advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., reads King's defense of nonviolent direct action in his famed Letter from Birmingham Jail, which Jones calls "the symphony of social justice." In 1963, Jones had smuggled King's words from the Birmingham, Alabama, jail cell in which he was being held for his participation in a peaceful demonstration.

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    These pieces incorporate the recorded/sampled voices of politically charged figures Allen Ginsberg, J. Edgar Hoover, and I.F. Stone. The Chicago Sun-Times says Howl, U.S.A. is “adventurous and provocative and dances on the edge of a whole new form.”

    Credits

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

    with
    Ben Johnston, voice (2)
    Allen Ginsberg, voice (8-11)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Judith Sherman
    Recorded August 1995, at Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA
    Engineer: Craig Silvey
    Assistant Engineer: Chris Haynes with Stee Limonoff (Howl)
    Allen Ginsberg’s reading of “Howl” was recorded may 1995, at Looking Glass Studios, New York, NY
    Engineer: Jamie Mariness
    Mastered by Paul Zinman, SoundByte Productions, New York, NY

    Music composed by Michael Daugherty (1); Harry Partch, arr. Ben Johnston (2); Scott Johnson (3-7); Lee Hyla, poem by Allen Ginsberg (8-11)

    Cover Photograph: American Flag, 1977, by Robert Mapplethorpe
    Art direction and design by Frank Olinsky

    Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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Friday, May 31, 1996 - 04:00
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These pieces incorporate the recorded/sampled voices of politically charged figures Allen Ginsberg, J. Edgar Hoover, and I.F. Stone. The Chicago Sun-Times says Howl, U.S.A. is “adventurous and provocative and dances on the edge of a whole new form.”

Description: 

These pieces incorporate the recorded/sampled voices of politically charged figures Allen Ginsberg, J. Edgar Hoover, and I.F. Stone. The Chicago Sun-Times says Howl, U.S.A. is “adventurous and provocative and dances on the edge of a whole new form.”

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Judith Sherman
Recorded August 1995, at Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA
Engineer: Craig Silvey
Assistant Engineer: Chris Haynes with Stee Limonoff (Howl)
Allen Ginsberg’s reading of “Howl” was recorded may 1995, at Looking Glass Studios, New York, NY
Engineer: Jamie Mariness
Mastered by Paul Zinman, SoundByte Productions, New York, NY

Music composed by Michael Daugherty (1); Harry Partch, arr. Ben Johnston (2); Scott Johnson (3-7); Lee Hyla, poem by Allen Ginsberg (8-11)

Cover Photograph: American Flag, 1977, by Robert Mapplethorpe
Art direction and design by Frank Olinsky

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79372

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
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Saturday, June 1, 1996 - 04:00
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CD+MP3
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075597937220BUN
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075597937268
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MUSICIANS
Kronos Quartet:
David Harrington, violin
John Sherba, violin
Hank Dutt, viola
Joan Jeanrenaud, cello

with
Ben Johnston, voice (2)
Allen Ginsberg, voice (8-11)

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