Cross-Cultural Collaboration: Kronos Quartet
Album: A Thousand Thoughts on Nonesuch
"When I started playing string quartets aged 14," says David Harrington, the leader of Kronos Quartet, "I remember looking at the globe and thinking that all the quartet music I knew was written by four guys who lived in the same city - Vienna." Now a young boy might look into the repertoire of Kronos Quartet and think 'Where haven't they been?'
Kronos celebrated their 40th anniversary with A Thousand Thoughts. It not only won them this award because it's so good, but also because it draws on a worldwide diversity of sounds. Guest artists include Asha Bhosle, Zakir Hussain, Wu Man and Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares - an extraordinary line-up of stars - plus music from Vietnam, Ethiopia, Afghanistan and beyond.
Looking ahead, they've just finished a recording with this issue's cover star Tanya Tagaq. A few years ago, the New York Times suggested that no one had expanded the idea of the string quartet as much as Kronos since it was 'created' by Joseph Haydn (in Vienna of course) in the 1750s. A Thousand Thoughts is the evidence for that