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Black An­gels Works by Crumb, Tal­lis, Marta, Ives and Shostakovich

Kronos Quar­tet None­such – down­load (1990)

I first heard Ge­orge Crumb’s Black An­gels in 1973, which in­spired me to start Kronos. All of a sud­den I felt I had a song I had to play. But we didn’t record it un­til 1988, as our in­ter­pre­ta­tion kept evolv­ing – as it still is. I knew that it had to be­gin the al­bum, but it took me 16 years to fig­ure out that it should be fol­lowed by an ar­range­ment of Tal­lis’s Spem in al­ium. We started play­ing the Star-span­gled Ban­ner

dur­ing the Iraq War, in­spired by Jimi Hen­drix’s per­for­mance dur­ing the Viet­nam War. If we were to re­lease Black An­gels

now it would def­i­nitely have our per­for­mance of that on it. The first time we ever played Starspan­gled Ban­ner was with Black An­gels at the Na­tional Gallery of Art in Wash­ing­ton DC dur­ing the Iraq War. I told our sound guy to turn it up so loud that Ge­orge W Bush could hear it. I guess I would also wish Black An­gels could be louder!

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