SAF Urban Garden, 2016

A Night of Poetry and Music in SAF Urban Garden, 2016
Image courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation


In a collective listening session, David Harrington, founder and artistic director of the Kronos Quartet, will share a selection of recordings from the vast music collection he has built over his four decades of tours with the quartet. Together with Harrington, listeners will explore some of the wide-ranging sounds that have inspired and intrigued this musical ensemble.

Past listening sessions have included the sound of sled dogs in the Arctic, Wagner’s Ring cycle condensed into one minute, insect electronica and Kronos compositions played on the koto, a traditional Japanese musical instrument.

David Harrington’s appearance at Sharjah Art Foundation has been organised in conjunction with The Arts Center at New York University Abu Dhabi, where the Kronos Quartet is participating in a residency.

All Sharjah Art Foundation events are free and open to the public.

About Kronos Quartet

Based in San Francisco, Kronos is a string quartet committed to reimagining the chamber music experience. For more than 40 years, the ensemble has performed thousands of concerts worldwide, released more than 60 recordings and commissioned more than 900 works and arrangements for string quartets. Kronos has collaborated with numerous composers, including Terry Riley and Philip Glass, as well as performers Alim Qasimov, Asha Bhosle, Tanya Tagaq and David Bowie, among others. In addition to its role as a performing and recording ensemble, Kronos is committed to mentoring emerging performers and composers and has led numerous workshops, master classes and other education programmes.

David Harrington of Kronos Quartet, 2016

David Harrington of Kronos Quartet, 2016 Image

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