Laurie Anderson and the Kronos Quartet: Landfall

Laurie Anderson and the Kronos Quartet

Landfall: Scenes from My New Novel
February 1 & 2, 2013 . 8PM
Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet
Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet

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Estimated Length: 
70 minutes
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In addition to her groundbreaking solo work, Laurie Anderson has undertaken collaborative projects with artists of all kinds, including William S. Burroughs, Lou Reed, Marisa Monte and Colin Stetson, among others.

Kronos Quartet, musical mavericks who shatter conventional wisdom about string quartets, has partnered with Eiko & Koma, Philip Glass, Alim Qasimov, Astor Piazzolla and many more.

For the first time, these artists join their distinct personalities and musical styles in a new work composed by Laurie Anderson and commissioned by the Clarice Smith Center. Kronos joins Anderson in this world-premiere performance.

Join the artists for a Talk Back following the February 1 performance.

This tour of Kronos Quartet is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. This project is also supported in part by an Art Works award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Scenes from My New Novel was commissioned by Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park; Adelaide Festival, Australia; The Barbican Centre, London; The Office of Arts and Cultural Programming, Montclair State University, NJ; Perth International Arts Festival, Australia; Stanford Live, Stanford University; and the University of Texas Performing Arts Center, Austin. Additional project support was provided to the Kronos Performing Arts Association by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Laurie Anderson most recently appeared at the Center in her solo work Delusion (2010–2011).

Kronos Quartet has performed and served as resident artists at the Center since the 2007–2008 season.

Review by The Washington Post

There were meditations on sonic illusions, on our unrequited yearning for the stars, on the silence of the letter “aleph,” on the tireless extinction of species — all deftly interwoven over a hypnotic drone of repeated gestures from the quartet.

– STEPHEN BROOKS, Washington Post, Monday, February 4, 2013

Preview by the Washington Post Express

The instruments...are plugged into the program, which amplifies the subtler sounds they give off as they’re played and translates the sounds into words and symbols projected onto a screen...The result, Anderson says, is far from a typical words-over-music experience, such as supertitles at an opera.

– SHAUNA MILLER, Washington Post Express, Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Resources at the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

Our neighbors at the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library have compiled a list of available resources relevant to this performance:

The Kronos Quartet

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