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Kronos Quartet: Music From 4 Fences
Z Space @ Artaud
San Francisco, CA
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Kronos Quartet: Music From 4 Fences
Come join the Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet for four performances, each with a different program, on February 24, 25, 26, and 27 at 8 PM at Z Space @ Artaud.  Each performance will feature Jon Rose's "Music from 4 Fences," along with a work by Terry Riley, pieces by composers from the Kronos: Under 30 Project and works by Damon Albarn on Feb. 24 (frontman of the Britpop band Blur, Gorillaz), John Zorn on Feb. 25, Clint Mansell on Feb. 26 (well known for his work with Kronos on the Requiem for a Dream soundtrack), and Bryce Dessner on Feb. 27 (guitarist for the indie rock band The National.)

Premiered at the Sydney Opera House in June 2009, "Music from 4 Fences" features Kronos performing on four specially-built fences to create an eclectic aural environment, accompanied by a visual design by Willie Williams, U2s long time tour designer and director.

About "Music from 4 Fences," composer Jon Rose writes, "when I started to play concerts on fences in 1983, I saw fences purely in terms of sonic material. However, the metaphorical significance of fence music soon became evident. To find music in such inherently ugly and unlikely artifacts can be a powerful experience. Fence music often encapsulates the vastness of border country; it is the music of distance. The fence also challenges our perceptions of what a musical instrument can be."

Kronos' founder and artistic director David Harrington adds, "the variety of sounds and range of musical color that a bass bow can get out of a barbed wire fence, combined with the intensity and expressiveness of those sounds made me determined that Kronos needed to learn to play this instrument, and that we had to bring it into our concerts.  The idea that musicians can turn objects of confinement, detainment and violence into musical instruments has inspired me since I first heard Jon's work. Through our concerts, Kronos attempts to make statements about our world, and that we are surrounded by fences seems to be an essential part of the time we live in. There might be a way to transform the nature of fences, by bowing them. We will try."

Each concert also features a work by one of the four young composers - Alexandra du Bois, Felipe Prez Santiago, Dan Visconti, and Aviya Kopelman  - commissioned by Kronos' Under 30 Project, a commissioning program developed to cultivate strong connections and lasting artistic relationships with the neworks by Terry Riley ("father of minimalism" and longtime Kronos collaborator), Damon Albarn on Feb. 24 (frontman of the Britpop band Blur, Gorillaz), John Zorn on Feb. 25, Clint Mansell on Feb. 26 (well known for his work with Kronos on the Requiem for a Dream soundtrack), and Bryce Dessner on Feb. 27 (guitarist for the indie rock band The National.)

Over the course of more than three decades, San Francisco's Kronos Quartet has commissioned more than 650 new works, performed thousands of concerts world wide, released more than 50 recordings and collaborated with hundreds of artists.  Working with composers from nearly every corner of the globe, Kronos has literally created a new repertoire for string quartet.  A San Francisco-based non-profit organization, the Kronos Quartet/Kronos Performing Arts Association is committed to mentoring emerging musicians and composers, and to creating and performing new works, devoting five months of each year to touring.  The Kronos Quartet members are David Harrington, violin; John Sherba, violin; Hank Dutt, viola; and Jeffrey Zeigler, cello.


Kronos: Music From 4 Fences

4 Programs in 4 Nights. All 4 evenings feature Jon Roses Music from 4 Fences, works by Terry Riley, and a piece by a Kronos: Under 30 Project composer.

Wednesday, February 24 includes music by Damon Albarn and Alexandra Du Bois (Under 30).
Thursday, February 25 includes music by John Zorn and Felipe Santiago (Under 30).
Friday, February 26 includes music by Clint Mansell and Dan Visconti (Under 30).
Saturday, February 27 includes music by Bryce Dessner and Aviya Kopelman (Under 30).


Z Space @ Artaud
450 Florida St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States



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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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