Kronos Quartet: Awakening: A Musical Meditation on the Anniversary of 9/11
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An all-star lineup -- including David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Money Mark, Joshua Redman, Sinkane and the legendary Lijadu Sisters of Nigeria in their first live performance in 30 years -- takes the stage at the Greek to perform the futuristic, synth-heavy electronic music of elusive Nigerian artist William Onyeabor. The evening begins with a DJ set by special guest Wooden Wisdom (Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie). Onyeabor self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in Nigeria, but after becoming a born-again Christian turned his back on his work and refused to speak about it for nearly three decades. Last year, after a five-year odyssey to track down Onyeabor and secure his permission to release his music, the Luaka Bop label issued World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? The album was named one of Time magazine's top ten albums of the year and Pitchfork's Best Reissue of the Year 2013. Even now, after the album's enormous success, the artist's life story remains a mystery -- and he seems content to keep it that way. Learn More
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One of the most celebrated and influential ensembles of our time returns to Royce Hall in an extraordinary concert that demonstrates the restorative power of music. First performed on the fifth anniversary of September 11th, this deeply moving response to the events of that day pulls together music from more than a dozen nations-including Uzbekistan, Germany, Iran, Sweden, Iraq, and the United States-to create a rich tapestry of global voices.
Journeying from the fervent calls of traditional Muslim prayers to the chaos of Michael Gordon’s The Sad Park (based on recordings of children’s reactions to 9/11), to Osvaldo Golijov and Gustavo Santaolalla’s worldless requiem Darkness 9/11 to Terry Riley’s soul-stirring One Earth, One People, One Love, the program “alarms, terrifies, soothes and ultimately proposes a measure of hope” [Financial Times], as it envisions one world united in a common humanity.