Sunday, March 14, 2010

Drawing Music :: Kronos Quartet

Kronos Quartet with guests from around the world at Carnegie Hall tonight played the most exciting and moving world music I have ever heard live. Some instruments were aggregates never seen, or maybe well-forgotten pieces from two centuries ago, now used with digital extensions.

Ritva Koistinen
on Finland's national instrument, the kantele — a large wood zither with a bell-like sound, performing Arvo Part. *not iPhone drawing

Musician from the duo Hurdy Gurdy, a side project of Swedish folk-rock band Garmarna.
The group's namesake is a 16-stringed, fiddle-like instrument controlled by a primitive keyboard, which some modern musicologists have dubbed "the medieval synthesizer."

My personal favorite of the night, Kimmo Pohjonen
(on stage with percussionist), one of the most respected and in-demand musicians and performers in Finland. He's an accordionist playing extreme and original compositions, intertwined with live loops and effects.

Kronos Quartet & Tanya Tagaq
(Inuit throat singer)
New York premiere of Tundra Songs by Canadian composer Derek Charke.

Drawn on my iPhone

*performers info and descriptions taken from here