Saturday, Mar 21, 2020 8:00p -
45 Quincy St
Cambridge, MA 02138
Music, Performing Arts
San Francisco’s Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet, with Iranian vocalist Mahsa Vahdat, brings a Boston premiere program that includes music from their 2019 album Placeless.
As a direct protest to the 2017 Executive Orders limiting travel to the United States by people from largely Muslim-majority countries, Music for Change: The Banned Countries, highlights the rich diversity of artistic voices from Muslim majority countries, including works composed specifically for the performance and signature works from Kronos’ extensive repertoire.
"The program flourishes with a mutual exchange between performers and composers, finding a sonic common ground... In highlighting “The Banned Countries,” Kronos Quartet shows the limitations of closed borders and nationalism; it’s an irony of fate that we should hear the voices of Syrians, Palestinians, and Yemenis through an American string quartet while we bar these same people from entering our country and listen to them selectively in the context of our news cycles—not only because we repress the voices of those who are repressed in their own countries, but also because we ignore the full narratives of their lives against the shorthand of “refugee” or “civil war.” With this program, the Kronos Quartet implored us to listen—and, more importantly, to pay attention." – National Sawdust Log