2:30 pm Masterclass Sunny Yang & John Sherba with De Formule
Sunny Yang and John Sherba give a public masterclass. Under their supervision, De Formule is working on Laurie Anderson’s Shutter Island, a work from Kronos’s Fifty for the Future.
5:00 pm Masha Vahdat, Tord Gustavsen
The songs of Iranian Mahsa Vahdat are based on the Persian vocal tradition of classical and regional folk music, but with a contemporary expression. She composes most of her songs herself, often with poems by classical Persian poets like Hafez and Rumi. Here, she performs with Norwegian jazz pianist Tord Gustavsen.
7:45 Vân-Ánh Võ
The Vietnamese musician Vân-Ánh Võ, who lives in America, is one of the most prominent players of Vietnamese instruments, such as the đàn tranh (a string instrument). In this concert she merges music from different regions of Vietnam with contemporary soundscapes. She also plays adaptations of American music for her instruments.
from 2:00 pm films
Kronos has played many memorable soundtracks.
2:00 - 5:00 pm - Heat (1995)
music Elliot Goldenthal, direction Michael Mann
5:00 - 6:30 pm - Dracula (1931)
music Philip Glass, direction Tod Browning
7:45 - 8:30 pm - Beyond Zero: 1914-1918 (2014)
music Aleksandra Vrebalov, direction Bill Morrison
8:45 - 10:30 pm - Requiem for a Dream (2000)
music Clint Mansell, direction Darren Aronofsky
2:30 pm Masterclass Hank Dutt with Babylon Quartet
The Kronos Quartet’s Hank Dutt (viola) is giving a public masterclass. Supervised by Dutt , the Babylon Quartet is working on Garth Knox’s Satellites, a composition from Kronos’s Fifty for the Future.
5:00 pm Fifty for the Future Talk
Today, on the day of the Kronos Sessions, the five newest compositions from the Kronos Quartet’s Fifty for the Future project are being presented. The release of these brand-new works by Islam Chipsy, Aft ab Darvishi, Philip Glass, Onutė Narbutaitė and Yevgeniy Sharlat, means that 25 of the 50 planned works have now been published. In a lively panel discussion with many images and sound clips, Janet Cowperthwaite (the Kronos Quartet’s managing director), David Harrington (violinist and founder of Kronos) and Jochem Valkenburg (the Holland Festival’s programming director music and music theatre) will take stock, halfway through this ground-breaking composition project. The Holland Festival is a Fifty for the Future legacy partner.
7:45 pm Ebonit Saxophone Quartet
This Dutch saxophone quartet did a master class at the Holland Festival two years ago with Kronos Quartet’s Hank Dutt. They worked with him on Sunjata’s Time by Fodé Lassana Diabaté (Trio Da Kali). This year they are performing this work at their own concert during the Kronos Sessions, alongside works by Philip Glass and Tristan Keuris.
FOYERDECK 1 - FIFTY FOR THE FUTURE STAGE
Up-and-coming string quartets from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and the Dutch String Quartet Academy are playing on the special Fifty for the Future stage. Each quartet is playing a composition it has selected from Kronos’s Fifty for the Future repertoire. Throughout the day they will be working with one of the Kronos Quartet’s members on this composition in one of the public masterclasses.
2:00 pm Babylon Quartet
The Babylon Quartet is an innovative string quartet with a repertoire that includes Haydn, Stravinsky and Britten, as well as The Beatles and Radiohead. Its members compose their own music too. The quartet won the Big Chamber Music Award in 2015. It was awarded the Kersjes Fonds String Quartet Scholarship in 2016. The Babylon Quartet has played at The Concertgebouw, De Doelen, TivoliVredenburg and Muziekgebouw Eindhoven and consists of Leonid Nikishin (violin), Danielle Daoukayeva (violin), Kellen McDaniel (viola) and William McLeish (cello). Babylon Quartet is playing the Irish violist and composer Garth Knox’s Satellites.
3:15 pm Pelargos Kwartet
The Pelargos Kwartet consists of Hadewych de Vos (violin), Kaja Majoor (violin), Anna Jurriaanse (viola) and Wilma de Bruijn (cello). All its members study at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. The quartet participated in the Prinses Christina Concours in Rotterdam and won the Ensemble Incentive Award. The Pelargos Kwartet is playing the American composer Ken Benshoof’s composition Sweeter Than Wine. ‘A good challenge for us, which will help us further develop our ensemble.’
4:30 pm De Formule
De Formule has five members: Laura Lunansky, Coraline Groen, Michiel Wittink, Rogier Tamminga and Rik Kuppen. In various combinations they play new music in varied programmes. The members play instruments loaned from the Dutch Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds. The ensemble won the Big Chamber Music Award in March 2018. De Formule is playing the American composer Laurie Anderson’s Shutter Island.