One of the Most Influential Music Groups of Our Times to Perform Live in Music City as Part of Multimedia, Transformative Musical Experience 

On March 22 and 23, OZ Arts Nashville will present A Thousand Thoughts: A Live Documentary by Sam Green and Kronos Quartet. This unique multimedia presentation of a music documentary tells the story in an engaging, immersive manner: with live narration by filmmaker Sam Green. Included are interviews with luminaries such as Philip Glass, Tanya Tagaq, Steve Reich, Wu Man and Terry Riley, though the quartet itself gains central focus with its accompanying live performance.

In a true picture of the sum being greater than its parts, violinists David Harrington and John Sherba, violist Hank Dutt and cellist Sunny Yang offer a singularly focused, transformative musical experience. As Kronos Quartet, they continue pushing boundaries and redefining the idea of what a classical string quartet is “supposed” to be. It follows, then, that a documentary of the quartet’s more than 40 years of existence (which has included a rotating membership of musicians) would be every bit as inventive.

The work includes snippets of music made famous by the quartet, but there’s much in store even for those who are unfamiliar: it highlights music in general, and how it affects us on an individual level.

Green, no stranger to the live documentary format, created The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller with a live score by the band Yo La Tengo in 2012, followed by The Measure of All Things, featuring the band yMusic, premiering in 2014. With A Thousand Thoughts, however, music and story meld in an exceptionally cohesive way.

When Green first approached Kronos Quartet with the concept, members of the group didn’t quite understand, Green said in an online Q&A with Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University, which helped commission the project.

“But they [Kronos] said, ‘Sure, that sounds fun.’ It’s one of the things I love about them,” said Green. “They’ve been doing it for 40-plus years and they’re still experimental, take chances, do weird stuff, you know? Which is a delight, I think.”

Over the years, Kronos Quartet has been celebrated as one of the most influential groups of our times, releasing more than 60 recordings with extraordinary breadth, collaborating with the world’s leading composers and performers, and commissioning close to 1,000 works and arrangements for string quartet. Kronos also has received more than 40 awards, including both the Polar Music and Avery Fisher Prize, a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance and the “Musicians of the Year” honor from Musical America.

OZ Arts Nashville, together with the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, takes special interest here as a Commissioning Partner of Kronos Quartet’s “Fifty For The Future” program. The initiative is commissioning 50 new works—10 per year for five years—to help train students and emerging professionals on the most contemporary approaches to the string quartet. OZ Arts and Blair are on board for the fifth year of the program, and the quartet will work with Blair students directly on a related piece.

OZ Arts welcomes the opportunity to help ensure that the next generation of artists who want to push boundaries are given the tools to do so.

“The Blair School has always been devoted to creating a better future for music, and we are thrilled to be a partner with OZ Arts in this exciting project that will create the masterpieces of the future,” said Mark Wait, Dean of the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University.

As for A Thousand Thoughts, it received back-to-back premieres in January 2018 at the Sundance Film Festival as part of New Frontier, the Sundance Institute’s curated collection of “the most innovative independent production and experimentation at the crossroads of film, art and technology that is being created today,” and Wexner Center for the Arts.

A Thousand Thoughts was commissioned by The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi, the Barbican, Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University through its Wexner Center Artist Residency Award program. Additional support was received from the Sundance Documentary Fund, the DrumStick Fund, Bay Area Video Coalition, Emily Harvey Foundation, Genuine Article Pictures, Andrea Lunsford, and 497 backers on Kickstarter.

Kronos Quartet | A Thousand Thoughts: A Live Documentary by Sam Green and Kronos Quartet
March 22 & 23, 2019

8pm on March 22; 7pm on March 23
Run time: 90 minutes

$69 per person (Appropriate for all ages)

Tickets available at www.OZArtsNashville.org

About OZ Arts Nashville

Since opening in 2014, OZ Arts Nashville, a 501(c)(3) contemporary arts center, has changed the cultural landscape of the city. Housed in the former C.A.O. cigar warehouse owned by Nashville’s Ozgener family, OZ Arts brings world-class performances and art installations to the city, and gives ambitious local artists opportunities to work on a grand scale. The flexible 10,000 square-foot, column-free venue, nestled amidst five acres of artfully landscaped grounds, is continually reconfigured to serve artists’ imaginations, and to challenge and inspire a diverse range of curious audiences. OZ Arts is supported in part by Metro Arts – Nashville Office of Arts + Culture.

For more information, please visit http://www.ozartsnashville.org/.