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Kronos Quartet premieres Bryce Dessner's '40 Canons' for Kronos@40 celebration@London's Barbican

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San Francisco's Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet has packed a lot into 40 years. It has redefined what a quartet might look like – and has commissioned two new works for every month of its 40 years. The Quartet continued its tradition of storied Barbican appearances in a one-of-a-kind 40th-anniversary celebration on Tuesday May 13th with an evening featuring commissioned works by favourite composers and collaborators from throughout Kronos's history. Included in the world premieres was 40 Canons, six movements in the spirit of old-school minimalism that brought some rewarding interplay between the two violins and the guitar by Bryce Dessner. Best known as the guitarist The National, Dessner joined Kronos on stage for his piece.

The evening also included - Kerf by Jarvis Cocker – a dialogue between a saw, an electric organ and a string quartet, and more UK premieres by Terry Riley (The Serquent Risadome), Philip Glass (String quartet No.6)  and Ukrainian singer, actress and composer Mariana Sadovska (Chernobyl. The Harvest). The evening also sees the UK premiere of Kronos at 40, a film by Sam Green. 

 

This concert @London's Barbican added two more, one composed by Bryce Dessner. More often heard as guitarist with The National, contributed 40 Canons,