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Kronos Quartet

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The Kronos Quartet is known for its unique artistic vision and dedication to experimentation. Since its inception in 1973, Kronos has assembled a body of work unparalleled in its range and scope of expression.

Concerts

Fela Kuti's "Sorrow, Tears and Blood" performed by the Kronos Quartet and the vibrant Abena Koomson and Sahr Ngaujah.

July 25, 2013 Hear world premiere performances by the Kronos Quartet and see their rehearsal process.

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Studio Sessions

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October 5, 2005 The Kronos Quartet has just completed an album of Bollywood film music.

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Interviews & Profiles

The Kronos Quartet (from left): David Harrington, John Sherba, Sunny Yang and Hank Dutt.

March 27, 2014 Four decades after its first performance, the quartet still seeks new directions.

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Michael Gordon's young son provided the title to his father's composition, The Sad Park.

September 11, 2011 Composer Michael Gordon was near the World Trade Center on 9/11. Hear his musical response.

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February 17, 2008 The venerable American composer pushes cultural boundaries in his new piece for the Kronos Quartet.

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June 15, 2006 The composer describes his musical coming of age during the time of China's Cultural Revolution.

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October 30, 2005 Singer Asha Bhosle and the Kronos Quartet create a musical tribute to India's film industry.

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Discover Songs

Rainbows CD

March 22, 2010 Hear a myriad of fascinating Central Asian sounds on Rainbow a week prior to its release.

May 13, 2002 Barbershop like you've never heard before: The Gas House Gang; music on a leaf from The Kronos Q...

News

May 3, 2011 One day, two awards for the foursome: the Avery Fisher Prize and the Polar Music Prize.

Reviews

Steve Reich takes a bow at his 75th birthday concert at Carnegie Hall alongside members of the Kronos Quartet and So Percussion.

May 2, 2011 In his most recent works, the composer reveals fresh insights into the business of being human.

Violinist Lisa Batiashvili

February 27, 2011 NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Guy Raz spin an eclectic assortment of new releases.

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December 17, 2005 Will Hermes' picks include the "wonderfully strange" world of Animal Collective and Sigur Ros.

More Stories

Reich's 'WTC 9/11.'

September 4, 2011 The composer crystallizes the chaos, pain and anxiety that have overshadowed the past decade.

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 string quartet's 40th anniversary, composers recall their favorite Kronos memories.

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November 25, 2013 The intrepid champions of new music bring a lullaby, rare blues and a work by Bryce Dessner to NPR.

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Sudanese singer Alsarah.

March 31, 2014 Hear smash hits and intriguing tracks from Sudan, India, Nigeria and beyond.

Kronos Quartet's new album, Aheym, comes out Nov. 5. All the music on this album was composed by Bryce Dessner (center) of the rock group The National.

October 27, 2013 The National's Bryce Dessner composed all the music for this album.

Bryce Dessner with the Kronos Quartet: David Harrington, John Sherba, Hank Dutt, and Sunny Jungin Yang.

September 18, 2013 Hear music for string quartet written by The National's Bryce Dessner and premiered by Kronos.

Brooklyn Rider funded their newest album nearly twice over by using Kickstarter.

March 1, 2012 Classical musicians are finding big success in funding their projects with fan donations.

Composer Steve Reich.

October 3, 2011 To celebrate the composer's 75th birthday, we've invited musicians and NPR friends to reflect.

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October 30, 2008 Veins in your temples about to pop? Relieve the stress of work with these five soothing songs.

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November 23, 2005 The delight of the day is really in the unwrapping, writes commentator Sandip Roy.

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