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Terry Riley Shoots the Kronos Quartet into Space with the Beautiful, Moving 'Sun Rings'

The decades-long partnership between composer Terry Riley and the Kronos Quartet continues – with a little help from NASA – on the brilliant new album, Sun Rings.

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Modern Music Icons Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet Collaborate with Heart-stopping Beauty

There's no mistaking that Landfall is an album heavy with gloom and grief. Nonetheless, it's beautiful and an excellent first collaboration between Anderson and Kronos.

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Trio Da Kali and Kronos Quartet: Ladilikan

Trio Da Kali and the Kronos Quartet are musical soulmates on collaborative album Ladilikan.

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"Mise en Abyme": DJ Spooky on the Recursive Loops of Culture

DJ Spooky's Rebirth of a Nation is a "destabilizing" remix of D.W. Griffith's original propagandist film, performed by Kronos Quartet. Spooky (aka Paul D. Miller) shares the evolution of the film's relevance and his unique take on how life imitates art.

Dan Derks
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DJ Spooky with Kronos Quartet: Rebirth of a Nation

Did you ever get the urge to "remix" a movie? One that just really stuck in your craw like nothing else? DJ Spooky lives out an artistic wet dream on Rebirth of a Nation.

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The Dissolution of War in 'Beyond Zero'

A dream or collective memory mediated by dying nitrate into a mournful musical space.

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Big Ears 2015 Was a Festival for Serious Artists and Listeners

From 27-29 March, Knoxville, Tennessee music fans were treated to a world of daring and avant-garde music at the latest installment of the Big Ears festival.

A Noah Harrison
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A Healthy Dose of Darkness: The Best Film Scores of 2014

The year 2014 saw classic composer/director teams hit new highs, as well as a considerable dark streak take over the world of film scoring.

Music

Various Artists: Red Hot + Bach

Red Hot + Bach can be intoxicatingly musical. It can also be the direct opposite.

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Kronos Quartet: A Thousand Thoughts

This is an album about diversity without intellectual compromises. It is how it is because this is the way it is. There is no re-elaboration or, worse, reinterpretation of the existing aesthetic principles.

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Various Artists: Red, Hot + Fela

Afrobeat's most famous AIDS casualty gets Red Hot honors once again.

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Kronos Quartet: Bryce Dessner: Aheym

The Kronos Quartet perform the work of a composer who wasn't even alive when they first started playing together.

Events

Kronos Quartet: Kronos at 40 - Lincoln Center Out of Doors, New York

A number of premieres, a number of other artists, guests and collaborators and the NY performance debut of cellist Sunny Jungin Yang were all part of the free shows given by the Kronos Quartet as part of their 40th anniversary celebration at Lincoln Center.

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Bastille: Other People's Heartache EP

Other People's Heartache EP, a beautiful collection of covers, could end up not just being one of the year's best mixtapes but one of the year's best recordings as well.

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Steve Reich and Kronos Quartet: WTC 9/11, Mallet Quartet, Dance Patterns

Much like Gavin Bryars' "The Sinking of the Titanic," composer Steven Reich applies his minimal composition technique to address a great tragedy. The remaining works on this CD don't even come close to following suit.

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Kronos Quartet / Kimmo Pohjonen / Samuli Kosminen: Uniko

Did you know that if you threw an accordion, percussion, electronics, and an accordion into a blender that you might end up with one of the best albums of the year?

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Kronos Quartet: Floodplain

Floodplain is a worldly album in every sense of the word, appropriating styles, melodies, and even musicians from spots around the globe.

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Kronos Quartet

Sometimes it's not the name in lights that's the main attraction.

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