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Kronos Quartet Returns the the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Kronos Quartet Student Composition Reading
Thursday, February 20, 2014 .7PM
Gildenhorn Recital Hall

Kronos Quartet in performance with Trio Da KaliKronos Quartet and Trio Da Kali
Saturday, February 22, 2014 . 8PM
Dekelboum Concert Hall

Fodé Lassana Diabaté, 22-key balafon
Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, Singer
Mamadou Kouyaté, Bass ngoni

Kronos Quartet’s ongoing relationship with the Clarice Smith Center includes working closely with composition students in the UMD School of Music, as well as collaborating with artists from around the globe. Known for eclectic musical interests that lead them to create rich and unexpected concert experience, the musicians of Kronos Quartet (David Harrington, John Sherba Hank Dutt, Sunny Yang) explore new works and unique sounds from around the globe in a series of events at the Clarice Smith Center.  For the fourth consecutive year, Kronos Quartet will partner with School of Music composition students to write new works for string quartet, mentoring the students through the composition process. Kronos will perform the completed compositions in a free public performance on Thursday, February 20th.

On Saturday, February 22nd, in partnership with the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and the Aga Khan Music Initiative, Kronos will join in concert with famed Malian vocalist Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté and instrumentalists Fodé Lassana Diabaté and Mamadou Kouyaté, in Trio Da Kali's first visit to the United States. The three musicians of Trio Da Kali hail from the Mande culture of Mali, from a heritage of distinguished griots (specialist hereditary musical artisans). Long-term collaborators, the artists aim to bring to the forefront neglected repertoires and performance styles of the griots, celebrating the African continent’s finest, most subtle and sublime music. In doing so, they bring a fresh, contemporary, creative twist to their musical art, breathing new life back into this ancient music.

To learn more about the music of Mali, Trio Da Kali, and Kronos Quartet, visit the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library and explore our collections:

  • The music of Mali: Books and recordings
  • Recordings by Kronos Quartet
    • Highlights of this list include:
      25 Years — Kronos Quartet 
      Location: Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library — Paged Collections 
      Call Number: MCD 4725 
      This 10-CD box set includes many legendary pieces for which this seminal chamber group is known, including almost twenty works that were composed specifically for the Kronos Quartet. Among the composers represented on this recording are Philip Glass, Morton Feldman, John Adams, Arvo Pärt, Terry Riley, Steve Reich and George Crumb, whose 1970 work Black Angels inspired violinist David Harrington to form the Kronos Quartet. 
    • Films featuring soundtracks performed by Kronos Quartet
    • Books including essays and other writings on Kronos Quartet