Landmark 1992 Effort Available on Vinyl for the First Time!
For more than 40 years, San Francisco's Kronos Quartet – David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Yang (cello) – has combined a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually re-imagining the string quartet experience. In the process, Kronos has become one of the world's most celebrated and influential ensembles, performing thousands of concerts, collaborating with many of the world's most eclectic composers and performers, and commissioning over 850 works and arrangements for string quartet. A Grammy winner, Kronos is also the only recipient of both the Polar Music Prize and the Avery Fisher Prize.
Originally issued on Nonesuch Records in 1992, this "potent new brew of folk influences, minimalism, and European forms by eight black, brown, and white African composers," as Time described it, became a cross-cultural and commercial landmark: the first album to top both the Classical and World Music Billboard charts. Includes moving guest performances by such artists Dumisani Maraire, Hassan Hakmoun, Foday Musa Suso, Hamza el Din, Obo Addy, Radouane Laktib, Said Hakmoun, Dan Pauli, and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir.