Floodplain

Floodplain

by Kronos Quartet
     
 

With Floodplain, Kronos Quartet draws together work from the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, and Eastern Europe – in particular from those nations whose external conflicts and internal divisions have, for many westerners, often overshadowed their rich musical legacies. With these twelve specially commissioned tracks, Kronos Quartet explore centuries-old…  See more details below

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With Floodplain, Kronos Quartet draws together work from the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, and Eastern Europe – in particular from those nations whose external conflicts and internal divisions have, for many westerners, often overshadowed their rich musical legacies. With these twelve specially commissioned tracks, Kronos Quartet explore centuries-old traditions while also presenting adventurous new music by young composers who sample and reinterpret aspects of their indigenous cultures. Some of these pieces have been adapted from the religious, folk, classical, and popular music of Egypt, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, and Iraq, among other places. Others were written for Kronos Quartet by such contemporary artists as the Palestinian electronic / hip hop collective Ramallah Underground, who Kronos founder David Harrington discovered via myspace, and the Serbian composer Aleksandra Vrebalov.

Over the course of the record, the work shifts in mood from the trance inducing and ecstatic to the austere and contemplative; it exhorts as often as it soothes. Vrebalov’s contribution, the mesmerizing ...hold me, neighbor, in this storm... embodies the musical, emotional and spiritual ideas that bonds all of the material Kronos showcases here. Vrebalov’s piece , she says, “is a way to connect histories and places by unifying one of the most civilized sounds of Western classical music – that of the string quartet – with ethnic Balkan instruments...It is a way to piece together our identities fractured by centuries of intolerance...”

The arrangers and guest musicians working with Kronos gives Floodplain a cross-cultural frisson: Modern composer Osvaldo Golijov, raised in Argentina by Eastern European Jewish parents, arranges “Ya Habibi Ta’ala (My Love Come Quickly),” a song popularized in the forties by the glamorous young Egyptian star Asmahan. American trombonist and composer Jacob Garchik arranges Ramallah Underground’s “Tashweesh.” Tanzanian visual-conceptual artist Walter Kitundu creates special instruments combining record players and strings for a piece inspired by Ethiopian musician Alemu Aga, a master of the lyre-like instrument called the begena. For their rendition of “Getme, Getme (Don’t Leave, Don’t Leave),” an Azerbaijani folkloric love song Kronos brought to their San Francisco home-base an improvisational ensemble led by the legendary Alim Qasimov, world-renowned performer of the Azerbaijani music known as mugham. After Kronos performed pieces from Floodplain at London’s Barbican Centre last fall, the Evening Standard noted, “Kronos’s ears have always been open to extraordinary sounds of the world.” From the Label

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/19/2009
Label:
Nonesuch
UPC:
0075597982886
catalogNumber:
518349
Rank:
90344

Tracks

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kronos Quartet   Primary Artist,String Quartet
Terry Riley   Tambur,Tambura
Alim Qasimov   Drums,Vocals
Hank Dutt   Tambourine,Viola
David Harrington   Violin,Shruti Box,Gusli
Wu Man   Electric Sitar
John Sherba   Violin
Jeffrey Zeigler   Cello
Jamie Papish-Ted Falcon Ensemble   Darbouka,Riqq
Fargana Qasimova   Drums,Vocals
Jeffrey Ziegler   Cello
Ismail Bülbül   Track Performer,Sampled Vocals
Jamie Papish   Darbouka,Riqq
Ramallah Underground   electronics
Lev "Ljova" Zhurbin   Background Music
Alim Qasimov Ensemble   Ensemble

Technical Credits

Kronos Quartet   Arranger
Ram Narayan   Composer
Alim Qasimov   Arranger
Tanburi Cemil Bey   Composer
David Harrington   Producer,Audio Production
Robert Hurwitz   Executive Producer
Judith Sherman   Producer,Audio Production
Alemu Aga   Composer
Frank Olinsky   Art Direction
Mahmoud Darwish   Liner Notes,Author
Jacob Garchik   Arranger,String Arrangements
Traditional   Composer
Stephen Prutsman   Arranger
Rahman Asadollahi   Composer
Anastasia Tsioulcas   Liner Notes
Lucinda Toy   Assistant Management
Sidney Chen   Art Administration
Janet Cowperthwaite   Managing Director
Osvaldo Golijov   Arranger
Ronen Givony   Editorial Coordinator
Scott Fraser   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Assistant Management
Iraqi Anonymous   Composer
Kuat Shildebaev   Composer
Midhat Assem   Composer
Adam Withford   Engineer
Walter Kitundu   Instrument Design
Said Rustamov   Composer
Ingo Gunther   Artwork
Aleksandra Vrebalov   Composer
Lebanese Traditional   Composer
Iranian Traditional   Composer
Said Rustamov   Composer
Ramallah Underground   Composer
Kuat Shildebaev   Composer
Lev "Ljova" Zhurbin   Arranger
Christina Johnson   Assistant Management
Nikolás McConnie-Saad   Assistant Management
Laurence Neff   Assistant Management
Julie Yip   Assistant Management
Calvin L. Jones   Assistant Management

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