Kronos Eclipse: Performance

Presented as Part of The MAX Festival 2019

Friday, May 17, 2019 • 8:00 p.m.

Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum

When the moon passed between the Sun and the Earth on August 21, 2017, it didn't make a sound—but Exploratorium composer Wayne Grim and the Kronos Quartet turned the total solar eclipse into a piece of music unlike any other using sonified data. As part of a space-themed multimedia concert, the Kronos Quartet will reprise Wayne Grim’s “233rd Day, Before and After Totality.”

For 45 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet has combined a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually reimagining the string quartet experience. In the process, Kronos has become one of the world’s most celebrated and influential ensembles, performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than 60 recordings, collaborating with many of the world’s most eclectic composers and performers, and commissioning more than 1,000 works and arrangements for string quartet. Kronos is in the midst of a five-year initiative called Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire. Commissioned from an international group of composers (25 women and 25 men), this eclectic collection of 50 new works is devoted to the most contemporary approaches to the string quartet, designed expressly for the training of students and emerging professionals.

Wayne Grim curates and produces music and sound works for the Exploratorium. He is a sound artist, composer, and improviser. His work with acoustic and electronic instruments, computers, and sound objects explores worlds between beauty and failure. His work spans a variety of areas: generative music, spontaneous composition, non-Western musical techniques, improvisation, durational works, minimalism, noise, conceptual art, and the sonification of scientific phenomena.