Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Kronos Quartet

The Kronos Quartet is certainly not your typical string quartet. For one thing, the four-person collective has chosen to eschew performing the works of traditional baroque and Romantic-era classical composers like Mozart, Vivaldi and Haydn, in favour of a more adventurous repertoire. Combining an extraordinary artistic vision with a ceaseless dedication to experimentation, the Kronos Quartet has performed works by artists as disparate as Philip Glass, Jimi Hendrix, Astor Piazolla and Howlin' Wolf, as well as commissioning new works by the more intrepid composers in the modern-classical scene. This has resulted in not just a dedicated worldwide following, but also in a slew of industry awards and nominations, including a handful of coveted Grammies. Check out one of their most aurally compelling works, a stylistically challenging rendition of the Hendrix standard 'Purple Haze'.


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