Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet

Editor's Choice

The Kronos Quartet's reputation as trailblazers in the field of new music has attracted a steady stream of composers inspired by its work, and they approach their 50th anniversary having commissioned almost a thousand new pieces. Formed in Seattle in 1973, the quartet has seen several changes in personnel of the years, but has never toppled from its place at the apex of exciting new music. Laurie Anderson's 'Landfall' was inspired by the events and aftermath of 2012's Hurricane Sandy. Rampaging through the Caribbean and eastern United States of America, the storm inspired a deeply personal response from Anderson. Her New York home sustained flood damage and many of her books, papers and instruments were destroyed. Through the medium of music and words, she tells her story of Hurricane Sandy using vocal samples and percussion alongside the inimitable musicians of the Kronos Quartet. Described by David Harrington - the founding violinist of the ensemble - as a "master magician musician", Laurie Anderson paints a vivid picture of what the hurricane's devastation meant to her. read more


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