Kronos Quartet
Youth Speaks
The Living Earth Show

Kronos Quartet


Saturday, October 7, 2017 | 7:30pm

Herbst TheatreVenue Information



Echoes, text created by Gabriel Cortez, A.M. Smiley, Aimee Suzara, Michael Wayne Turner III and Tassiana Willis with writing from Tongo Eisen-Martin and Enrique Garcia Naranjo and participants in San José workshops for Youth Speaks; music composed by Danny Clay; directed and edited by Sean San José; and sound design by Brian Mohr

Performance Sponsors

Presented in association with KRONOS PRESENTS.
Supported in part by the Zellerbach Family Fund.

About This Performance

San Francisco is a city where the only constant is change. Whether sudden and loud or gradual and quiet, the aftershocks are always felt, and the echoes always heard, by the next generation. SF Performances is proud to present a spoken-word chamber opera that will explore these Echoes through poetry, music, dialogue, and recorded streetscapes.

Performer Biographies

For more than 40 years, San Francisco’s Kronos QuartetDavid Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Yang (cello)—has combined a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually reimagine the string quartet experience. In the process, Kronos has become one of the world’s most celebrated and influential ensembles, performing thousands of concerts, releasing more than 60 recordings, collaborating with many of the world’s most intriguing and accomplished composers and performers, and commissioning over 900 works and arrangements for string quartet. Kronos has received over 40 awards, including the Polar Music and Avery Fisher Prizes, two of the most prestigious awards given to musicians.

Integral to Kronos’ work is a series of long-running collaborations with many of the world’s foremost composers, including Americans Terry Riley, Philip Glass, and Steve Reich; Azerbaijan’s Franghiz Ali-Zadeh; Russia’s Vladimir Martynov; Poland’s Henryk Górecki; and Serbian-American Aleksandra Vrebalov. Additional collaborators have included Wu Man, Laurie Anderson, Tanya Tagaq, Mahsa Vahdat, Trevor Paglen, Van Dyke Parks, múm, Dawn Upshaw, Noam Chomsky, Tom Waits, Asha Bhosle, Taraf de Haïdouks, and Howard Zinn.

On tour for five months per year, Kronos appears in the world’s most prestigious concert halls, clubs, and festivals. Kronos is equally prolific and wide-ranging on recordings, including the Grammy- and Latin Grammy-nominated Nuevo (2002) and the 2004 Grammy-winner Alban Berg’s Lyric Suite. Kronos’ most recent releases include the One Earth, One People, One Love: Kronos Plays Terry Riley box set; Folk Songs, which features Sam Amidon, Olivia Chaney, Rhiannon Giddens, and Natalie Merchant singing traditional songs; and Ladilikan, a collaborative album with Trio Da Kali, a “super-group” of Malian griot musicians assembled by Aga Khan Music Initiative.

The nonprofit Kronos Performing Arts Association manages all aspects of Kronos’ work, including the commissioning of new works, concert tours and home season performances, education programs, and a self-produced Kronos Festival. In 2015, Kronos launched Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, an education and legacy project that is commissioning—and distributing for free—the first learning library of contemporary repertoire for string quartet.

Founded in 1996 in San Francisco, Youth Speaks has long championed a local, national, and increasingly global movement of young people picking up pens and stepping proudly onto stages, declaring themselves present.

We believe that literacy is a need, not a want.

One of the world’s leading presenters of Spoken Word performance, education, and youth development programs, Youth Speaks produces local and national youth poetry slams, festivals, and reading series, alongside a comprehensive slate of arts-in-education programs during the school day, in the after-school hours and on weekends. In addition, we create internationally-recognized theater and digital programming, and have helped launch a national network of over 70 programs who believe in the power of young people.

The Living Earth Show is a megaphone and canvas for some of the world’s most progressive artists. Comprised of electric guitarist Travis Andrews and percussionist Andy Meyerson, the San Francisco-based ensemble uses the traditions of classical and experimental music as tools to allow artists of all disciplines to create their most ambitious works and respond to the world in which they live. Memorizing every work it performs, The Living Earth Show thrives on pushing the boundaries of technical and artistic possibility in its presentation of commissioned electro-acoustic chamber music, operas, ballets, and multimedia productions. The Living Earth Show's 2017–18 season includes Dennis Aman’s evening-length work invented microtonal instruments 24 Preludes & Fugues, M. Lamar's song cycle Lordship & Bondage:The Birth of the Negro Superman, and the collaborative performance project AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, curated and co-directed by Zachary James Watkins, as well as collaborations with Ted Hearne, Daniel Wohl, Raven Chacon, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and continuing performances with COMMANDO: a musical collective dedicated to presenting aggressively queer rap-metal.

Kronos Quartet, Youth Speaks and The Living Earth Show in Rehearsal 2017