String quar­tet Kronos to host two con­certs on Saadiyat Is­land

What's On (Abu Dhabi) - - CONTENTS -

Enjoy clas­si­cal mu­sic from Amer­i­can four-piece Kronos.

A Grammy-award win­ing string quar­tet will be play­ing two con­certs in the cap­i­tal this month. San Francisco-based Kronos will visit as part of the New York Univer­sity Abu Dhabi’s Arts Cen­ter in­au­gu­ral sea­son of per­form­ing arts.

The group fea­tures David Har­ring­ton and John Sherba on vi­o­lins, Hank Dutt on vi­ola and Sunny Yang on the cello. What’s On spoke to Har­ring­ton to find out more. Kronos has been play­ing to­gether for over 40 years. Did you ever ex­pect that kind of longevity? When we started in 1973, I was hop­ing we’d last a week! I did know I was go­ing to be a mu­si­cian and that I had to play string quar­tet mu­sic, and I al­ways sur­rounded my­self with peo­ple that felt the same way. Why the string quar­tet? Vir­tu­ally ev­ery com­poser has said that the sound of the string quar­tet is one of the most in­ti­mate they know of. I love the fact that our mu­sic can go from be­ing very soft to in­cred­i­bly loud and lots of places in-be­tween. What can peo­ple ex­pect from your evenings in the cap­i­tal? In the past 42 years Kronos has com­mis­sioned about 900 new pieces. So all of the mu­sic we will be bring­ing to Abu Dhabi has been writ­ten for us or ar­ranged for us by men and women from all over the world. It is mu­sic that feels very vi­tal to us and re­flects var­i­ous view­points and there should be sounds that you’ve never heard from a con­cert be­fore.

What mu­sic is on your iPod?

First of all I don’t have an iPod. I have hun­dreds of CDs ly­ing around. I’m ex­plor­ing in great depths Dr N Ra­jam – she is one of the great­est vi­o­lin­ists I’ve ever heard in my life. I’m also lis­ten­ing to a lot of Mo­ham­mad Reza Sha­jar­ian, from Iran, whom I think is one of the great­est singers. Ba­si­cally, ev­ery­day I’m learn­ing about groups and in­stru­ments I’ve never heard of be­fore, so it’s kind of hard to keep track of what I will be lis­ten­ing to next. Septem­ber 16 and 17

NYUAD Arts Cen­ter, Saadiyat Is­land, Abu Dhabi, free, reser­va­tions re­quired. Taxi: NYUAD Arts Cen­ter, on the East Plaza of the cam­pus. nyuadarts­cen­

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