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Over four decades, the Kronos quartet (from left, John Sherba, Sunny Yang, Hank Dutt and David Harrington) has premiered more than 800 pieces.
March 25, 2014 To mark the venturesome string quartet's 40 years of commissioning and performing new music, composers Steve Reich, Terry Riley and others recall their favorite Kronos memories.
KEXP is currently playing an epic track by Seattle rapper Raz called "They'll Speak."
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August 21, 2012 This month's installment of Heavy Rotation demonstrates the breadth of music played on public radio stations every day. Hip-hop, electronica, contemporary classical, Cuban jazz, blues rock — it's a truly eclectic mix. Download music from California DJs Poolside, Cuban pianist Omar Sosa and more.
December 5, 2011 This year was about changing perspectives. American string quartet Brooklyn Rider revealed a warmer Philip Glass and France's Ebène Quartet found a common thread from Mozart to Bruce Springsteen. Demdike Stare proved that dark techno can be breathtakingly beautiful and Conor Oberst reinvented himself as a rock star. The list of our 50 favorite records of 2011 continues with Bright Eyes, Brooklyn Rider and more artists from B to E.
June 14, 2011 If you're looking for the best of 2011's first half in virtually every major musical genre, here's a good starting point. The list of our 25 favorite albums of the year (so far) continues with Dominik Eulberg and more artists from D to F.
Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy.
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April 29, 2011 The Irish composer is reshaping our ideas about his homeland's culture, via works that reference everything from traditional folk tunes sung in Gaelic to the poetry of Yeats.
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Donnacha Dennehy's GrÃ¡ agus BÃ¡s will be released on May 3.
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April 24, 2011 Prepare to have any preconceptions of Irish music blown away by this ravishing album from the 40-year-old composer Donnacha Dennehy.
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