I’m going to go see the Kronos Quartet performing in March. I’d forgotten to tell the world, since I bought my Dad a ticket for Christmas, and didn’t want to mention it until after then…
The Kronos’ programme is a selection of ‘eclectic and electrifying’ world music.
Hindi film music maker Rahul Dev Burman is known for introducing an era of electronic rock to the Hindi film scene in the 1960’s. Kronos performed one of Burman’s compositions, Aaj Ki Raat, on their Caravan CD released in 2000. The quartet will perform an arrangement of four of his pieces, ‘Suite’ on their New Zealand tour next year.
The group will also perform a piece by young composer Alexandra du Bois. Twenty three year old Alexandra was the first recipient of the quartet’s prize for up and coming composers, the Kronos: Under 30 Project.
The quartet are known as supporters of minimalist music, and will perform a piece by American composer Steve Reich (which includes pre recorded backing tracks by Kronos).
Other highlights of the programme include ‘Myself when I am real’ by the jazz great Charles Mingus, ‘Potassium’ by rock music fan Michael Gordon (written especially for the group), and ‘Oasis’ by Azerbaijan composer and pianist Franghiz Ali-Zadeh.