A MÉNAGE À TROIS WITH NO AWKWARD MOMENTS

KRONOS QUARTET - With the first rub of the bow across the strings came a deep rupture of rich sound.

With the first rub of the bow across the strings came a deep rupture of rich
sound.

Until Sunday, at their free performance for the Luminato Festival, I had only had the experience of hearing the name of Kronos Quartet without having the experience of hearing the music. I knew that they were revered, had won lots of awards, and scored the music for “Requiem for a Dream”. What I discovered was that this string quartet is an ideal threesome of Past (classical references), Present (integration of new musical voices from around the globe), and Future (incredible innovators in composition). With their unique equilibrium they are able to hit that sweet spot and make one’s toes curl.

With the first rub of the bow across the strings came a deep rupture of rich sound. My only regret with this new love affair was that I missed their performance on Friday night at Koerner Hall (also part of the Luminato Festival) with the Alim Qasimov Ensemble (Azerbaijan) and then Saturday night with Homayun Sakhi (Afghanistan).

Tonight they perform with Chinese pipa virtuoso Wu Man at Koerner Hall.

Link to live performance of the Kronos Quartet performing music from “Requiem for a Dream” at the free Sunday night performance at Luminato’s Festival Hub at David Pecaut Square (formerly Metro Square).

More tour info

Kronos Quartet’s Official Website

FYI –Jian Ghomeshi is interviewing the Kronos Quartet today on Q. I will post the interview once it is live.