“Boisterously breaking down nearly every conceivable genre barrier that ever existed for the string quartet, this audacious ensemble has changed our perception of not just what a string quartet can be, but what music can be in the 21st-century global village.” —Musical America
No other ensemble has transformed the sound of chamber music in recent decades more than the charismatic Kronos Quartet. After an eight-year absence, Kronos returns to the Walker with two distinctly different programs that showcase their fearless spirit of exploration and experimentation as well as their theatrical, even playful approach in concert. For Friday’s program, look for pieces from their latest recording, Floodplain, a stunning sonic tapestry of adventurous new music by young composers from Egypt, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, and Iraq. On Saturday, Kronos offers new compositions from the outposts of indy rock, jazz, and electronic music by Maria Schneider, Bryce Dressner (The National), Damon Albarn (Gorillaz), J. G. Thirlwell
(Foetus), and more.