One of the Most Influential Music Groups of Our Times to Perform Live inÂ Music City as Part of Multimedia, Transformative Musical ExperienceÂ
On March 22 and 23, OZ Arts Nashville will presentÂ A Thousand Thoughts: A Live Documentary by Sam Green and Kronos Quartet. This unique multimedia presentation of a music documentaryÂ tells the story in an engaging, immersive manner: withÂ live narrationÂ byÂ filmmaker Sam Green. Included areÂ interviews with luminaries such asÂ Philip Glass, Tanya Tagaq, Steve Reich, Wu ManÂ andÂ Terry Riley, though theÂ quartet itself gains central focusÂ with itsÂ accompanying live performance.
In a true picture of the sum being greater than its parts, violinistsÂ David HarringtonÂ andÂ John Sherba, violistÂ Hank DuttÂ and cellistÂ Sunny YangÂ offer a singularly focused, transformative musical experience. AsÂ Kronos Quartet, they continue pushing boundaries and redefining the idea of what a classical string quartet is â€œsupposedâ€ to be. It follows, then, that a documentary of the quartetâ€™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 thereâ€™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, createdÂ The Love Song of R. Buckminster FullerÂ with a live score by the bandÂ Yo La TengoÂ in 2012, followed byÂ The Measure of All Things, featuring the band yMusic, premiering in 2014. WithÂ 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 didnâ€™t quite understand, Green said in an online Q&A withÂ Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University, which helped commission the project.
â€œBut they [Kronos] said, â€˜Sure, that sounds fun.â€™ Itâ€™s one of the things I love about them,â€ said Green. â€œTheyâ€™ve been doing it for 40-plus years and theyâ€™re still experimental, take chances, do weird stuff, you know? Which is a delight, I think.â€
Over the years, Kronos Quartet has been celebrated as one of theÂ most influential groups of our times,Â 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 theÂ Polar Music and Avery Fisher Prize, a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance and the â€œMusicians of the Yearâ€ honor from Musical America.
OZ Arts Nashville, together with theÂ Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, takes special interest here as aÂ Commissioning Partner of Kronos Quartetâ€™sÂ â€œFifty For The Futureâ€Â program.Â The initiative is commissioning 50 newÂ worksâ€”10 per year for five yearsâ€”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 willÂ 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.
â€œThe 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,â€ said Mark Wait, Dean of theÂ Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University.
As forÂ A Thousand Thoughts, it received back-to-back premieres in January 2018 at theÂ Sundance Film FestivalÂ as part ofÂ New Frontier, the Sundance Instituteâ€™s curated collection of â€œthe most innovative independent production and experimentation at the crossroads of film, art and technology that is being createdÂ today,â€Â andÂ Wexner CenterÂ for the Arts.
A Thousand ThoughtsÂ 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 |Â A Thousand Thoughts: A Live Documentary by Sam Green and Kronos Quartet
March 22Â & 23, 2019
8pm on March 22; 7pm on March 23
Run time: 90 minutes
$69 per person (Appropriate for all ages)
Tickets available atÂ www.OZArtsNashville.org
About OZ Arts Nashville
Since opening in 2014, OZ Arts Nashville, a 501(c)(3) contemporary arts center, has changedÂ the cultural landscape of the city. Housed in the former C.A.O. cigar warehouse owned by Nashvilleâ€™s Ozgener family, OZ ArtsÂ 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 artistsâ€™ imaginations, and to challenge and inspire a diverse range ofÂ curious audiences.Â OZ Arts is supported in part by Metro Arts â€“ Nashville Office of Arts + Culture.
For more information, please visitÂ http://www.ozartsnashville.org/.