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    Kronos Quartet Takes "A Thousand Thoughts" Live Documentary on Tour
    Waleed Shah

    A Thousand Thoughts, a live documentary with the Kronos Quartet, written and directed by Oscar-nominated filmmakers Sam Green and Joe Bini—which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018 and has been performed around the world, from San Francisco and Los Angeles to London, Athens, and Abu Dhabi—will continue to tour in the United States in the coming weeks and months, at the Krannert Center in University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign next Wednesday; OZ Arts in Nashville for two nights, March 22 and 23; Bass Concert Hall at the University of Texas in Austin on March 27; Freep Film Festival in Detroit on April 12; and The Town Hall in New York City on April 25. "It's as magical an amalgamation as you can imagine," exclaims the Los Angeles Times. For tickets to these and other upcoming Kronos Quartet performances, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

    "In A Thousand Thoughts, the music is the story," wrote Slate's Sam Adams of its premiere last year. "The ideas that normally underlay the quartet’s music are moved to the front, existing in counterpoint with the music itself ... Watching it was the most joyous experience you could have at Sundance this year ..."

    A multimedia performance piece, A Thousand Thoughts blends live music and narration with archival footage and filmed interviews with artists like Philip Glass, Tanya Tagaq, Steve Reich, Wu Man and Terry Riley. Together on stage, Green and Kronos interact with the cinematic imagery on screen to craft a record and exploration of late 20th- and early 21st-century music. As Green tells Kronos's multi-decade and continent-spanning story, the Quartet revisits its extensive body of work, performing music by George Crumb, Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and many others, and the collaboration becomes a meditation on music—the act of listening to it closely, the experience of feeling it deeply, and the power it has to change the world.

    You can watch a trailer for A Thousand Thoughts below and listen to a Spotify playlist of pieces featured in the performance below that. To pick up a copy of any of the Kronos Quartet recordings in the Nonesuch catalog, visit the Nonesuch Store now.

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A Thousand Thoughts, a live documentary with the Kronos Quartet, written and directed by filmmakers Sam Green and Joe Bini—which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018 and has been performed around the world—will continue to tour the US in the coming weeks and months: in Urbana, Nashville, Austin, Detroit, and New York City. The multimedia performance piece blends live music and narration with archival footage and filmed interviews to tell Kronos's story. "It's as magical an amalgamation as you can imagine," exclaims the Los Angeles Times.

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A Thousand Thoughts, a live documentary with the Kronos Quartet, written and directed by Oscar-nominated filmmakers Sam Green and Joe Bini—which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018 and has been performed around the world, from San Francisco and Los Angeles to London, Athens, and Abu Dhabi—will continue to tour in the United States in the coming weeks and months, at the Krannert Center in University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign next Wednesday; OZ Arts in Nashville for two nights, March 22 and 23; Bass Concert Hall at the University of Texas in Austin on March 27; Freep Film Festival in Detroit on April 12; and The Town Hall in New York City on April 25. "It's as magical an amalgamation as you can imagine," exclaims the Los Angeles Times. For tickets to these and other upcoming Kronos Quartet performances, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

"In A Thousand Thoughts, the music is the story," wrote Slate's Sam Adams of its premiere last year. "The ideas that normally underlay the quartet’s music are moved to the front, existing in counterpoint with the music itself ... Watching it was the most joyous experience you could have at Sundance this year ..."

A multimedia performance piece, A Thousand Thoughts blends live music and narration with archival footage and filmed interviews with artists like Philip Glass, Tanya Tagaq, Steve Reich, Wu Man and Terry Riley. Together on stage, Green and Kronos interact with the cinematic imagery on screen to craft a record and exploration of late 20th- and early 21st-century music. As Green tells Kronos's multi-decade and continent-spanning story, the Quartet revisits its extensive body of work, performing music by George Crumb, Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and many others, and the collaboration becomes a meditation on music—the act of listening to it closely, the experience of feeling it deeply, and the power it has to change the world.

You can watch a trailer for A Thousand Thoughts below and listen to a Spotify playlist of pieces featured in the performance below that. To pick up a copy of any of the Kronos Quartet recordings in the Nonesuch catalog, visit the Nonesuch Store now.

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Kronos Quartet: "A Thousand Thoughts: A Live Documentary" by Waleed Shah

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