The San Francisco-based Kronos Quartet will return to Rancho Nicasio for BBQ on the Lawn on July 24 at 4 p.m.
Located in the town square of Nicasio, Rancho Nicasio was established in 1941 and has retained its rural atmosphere and quiet beauty. Performing as part of the historic truck stop’s popular summer musical series is a favorite tradition of the Grammy-winning quartet Kronos. Their first visit was in 2005. It’s a relaxed atmosphere where the public is welcome to grab a lawn chair (or bring their own), order a delicious barbecue and enjoy a live concert among the hills of West Marin.
“Rancho Nicasio has some of the best vibes of any outdoor concert venue Kronos has ever played,” said Kronos founder and artistic director David Harrington. “We love performing for our Rancho Nicasio audiences and always hope to make vivid listening experiences that can expand sonic palettes focused on tasty food, fresh air, and bright summer light.”
On July 24, Kronos presents an innovative and eclectic program including works by Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, Mazz Swift, Peni Candra Rini, Philip Glass and Michael Gordon.
For more details on visiting the concert www.ranchonicasio.com
For more information on the Kronos Quartet, visit www.kronosquartet.org
ABOUT THE KRONOS QUARTET
For 48 years, the San Francisco Kronos Quartet – David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola) and Sunny Yang (cello) – has combined a fearless spirit of exploration with a commitment to continually reinventing the string quartet live. In the process, Kronos has become one of the most famous and influential ensembles in the world, performing thousands of concerts, releasing over 60 recordings, collaborating with many of the world’s most accomplished composers and performers, and commissioning over 1,000 works and arrangements for string quartet. . Kronos has received more than 40 awards, including the prestigious Polar Music, Avery Fisher and Edison Klassiek Oeuvre awards.
An integral part of the work is a series of longstanding associations with many of the world’s most eminent composers and musicians, including Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Philip Glass, Nicole Lizée, Vladimir Martynov, Steve Reich, Aleksandra Vrebalov and Wu Man. from Chronos. Kronos has shared the stage with many artists including David Bowie, Asha Bhosle, Rhiannon Giddens, Sam Green, Zakir Hussain, Trevor Paglen, Van Dyke Parks, Alim Qasimov, San Francisco Girls Chorus, Tanya Tagaq, Mahsa Vahdat, Tom Waits and Howard Zinn.
Touring for five months every year, Kronos performs in the most prestigious concert halls, clubs and festivals around the world. Kronos has a prolific and varied discography on Nonesuch Records, including three Grammy-winning albums – Sun Rings by Terry Riley (2019), Landfall with Laurie Anderson (2018) and Alban Berg’s Lyric Suite with Dawn Upshaw (2003). Recent Kronos releases include Ladilikan (World Circuit Records) with Malian musicians Trio Da Kali; Michael Gordon: Clouded Yellow (Cantaloupe), Placeless (Kirkelig Kulturverksted) with Iranian singers Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat, and Long Time Passing: Kronos & Friends Celebrate Pete Seeger (Smithsonian Folkways).
The nonprofit Kronos Performing Arts manages all aspects of Kronos’ work, including commissioning new works, concert tours and home season performances, educational programs, and the annual Kronos Festival. In 2015, Kronos launched Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, an education and legacy project that commissions and distributes 50 new works for string quartet by composers around the world for free online.
Photo credit: Lenny Gonzalez