The Sea Ranch Songs

Film with Live Music by Kronos Quartet

Thursday, September 15, 2016 • 7:30 p.m.

Exploratorium, Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green Street), Kanbar Forum

$25 General/$20 Members; space is extremely limited (150 seats). Includes After Dark admission.

Adults Only (18+)



Over fifty years ago, an isolated landscape on the edge of the Pacific in Sonoma County became the site of The Sea Ranch, a great experiment in land development and intentional community planning. Join us for The Sea Ranch Songs, an immersive evening of cinema and live performance by Kronos Quartet that pays tribute to the spirit, nature, and architecture of this magical place.

Commissioned in celebration of The Sea Ranch’s 50th birthday (2014–2015), The Sea Ranch Songs is a lush contemporary composition by composer Aleksandra Vrebalov that features documented sounds from the coastal community and is coupled with an evocative cinematic exploration by videographer Andrew Lyndon. Reaching far beyond the visible landscape, the multimedia work delves into The Sea Ranch’s metaphysical geography and considers this rare place where people and nature are harmoniously intertwined.

The performance will be followed by a discussion focused on The Sea Ranch’s unique history and the collaborative process of honoring the landscape through artworks.

About The Artists

Kronos Quartet
For over 40 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet—David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Yang (cello)—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 50 recordings, collaborating with many of the world’s most eclectic composers and performers, and commissioning more than 850 works and arrangements for string quartet. A Grammy winner, Kronos is also the only recipient of both the Polar Music Prize and the Avery Fisher Prize. With a staff of 10, the nonprofit Kronos Performing Arts Association (KPAA) manages all aspects of Kronos’ work, including the commissioning of new works, concert tours, home-season performances, and education programs. Last season, Kronos launched 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. Scores, instructional videos, recordings, and other materials are available online for free.

Andrew Lyndon
Andrew Lyndon is a videographer, animator, and filmmaker who creates stand-alone video, freelance multimedia work, video theater sets, and narrative film. Lyndon is an Associate Professor and co-chair in the Animation Department at California College of the Arts. In his career as an animator and motion graphics artist he has collaborated with a range of animation studios, filmmakers, and festivals. In 2010, he curated From Pencil to Pixel, an exhibition of Bay Area Animation studios for The Oakland Museum of California at The Oakland International Airport. Lyndon was also an Artist-in-Residence with the Exploratorium’s Tinkering Studio in 2008.

Aleksandra Vrebalov
Aleksandra Vrebalov moved to the United States from her native Serbia in 1995. Receiving numerous commissions from institutions and performers, her works have been performed internationally by soloists, ensembles, and orchestras. She has written or arranged nine works for Kronos. Vrebalov was named 2011 Composer of the Year by Muzika Klasika for her opera Mileva that was commissioned by the Serbian Nation Theater. She has also received acclaim for her collaborations with dance companies and filmmakers, and her music can be heard on Nonesuch and other record labels. Her commission as a part of Kronos’ Fifty for the Future, My Desert, My Rose had its world premiere at Carnegie Hall in April 2016.