For Immediate Release
24 October 2017
Contact: Jodi Joseph
Director of Communications
Sam Green & Kronos Quartet
Chamber music memoir
NORTH ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS — Documentarian Sam Green pairs up with the legendary Kronos Quartet for this work-in-progress film-and-live-music meeting of the minds. Green’s doc, A Thousand Thoughts: A Live Documentary by Sam Green and Kronos Quartet, tells the quartet’s 40+ year story, and they provide a live score in the flesh at MASS MoCA on Friday, December 8, at 8pm, in MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center.
For over 40 years the Kronos Quartet – David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Yang (cello) – has combined a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually reimagine the string quartet experience, changing the way we think about music. In the process, Kronos has become one of the most celebrated and influential ensembles of our time, performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than 60 recordings, collaborating with many of the world’s most accomplished composers and performers, and commissioning more than 900 works and arrangements for string quartet. The ensemble has collaborated extensively with the “Father of Minimalism” Terry Riley, Henryk Górecki, Philip Glass, and Franghiz Ali-Zadeh; performed live with the likes of Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg, Noam Chomsky, and The National, among others; and has appeared on recordings by artists from Nine Inch Nails to Nelly Furtado to Joan Armatrading. Kronos has received over 40 awards, including the Polar Music and Avery Fisher Prize, a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance (2004), and “Musicians of the Year” (2003) from Musical America.
In Sam Green’s most recent documentary, A Thousand Thoughts, he follows the Kronos Quartet’s momentous career, from the group’s radical origins to long-running collaborations with musical icons such as Philip Glass and Tanya Tagaq. Green uses the quartet’s storied history as a springboard “to create a larger work about the mysterious ways in which music moves us; about time passing, loss, and beauty, and about utopia.” Performed rather than screened, this work-in-progress “live documentary” will bring audience and filmmaker together for a singular collective experience — think TED Talk meets concert — with Green narrating on stage, cueing images and videos, and Kronos itself providing the live soundtrack. A Thousand Thoughts is slated to premiere at the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University in January 2018.
Sam Green began his career making traditional feature-length documentaries steeped in the political; his Academy Award-nominated The Weather Underground tells the story of a group of radical young women and men who tried to violently overthrow the U.S. government during the late 1960s and ‘70s. In 2010, he stumbled into the “live documentary” form when asked to do a presentation about a work-in-progress film. The presentation format resonated so strongly with the audience that it soon became a thing itself. Green’s first “live documentary,” Utopia in Four Movements, formally premiered at Sundance in 2010, followed by The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller, which premiered at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, with live soundtrack from Yo La Tengo, and has since been performed countless times across the globe — including at MASS MoCA during the Solid Sound Festival in 2013. Green was also previously at MASS MoCA with The Measure of All Things in 2014.
On Friday, December 8, at 8pm, Sam Green brings to life the Kronos Quartet’s “extraordinary career of boundary-breaking discovery and innovation” (The New York Times) during a communal storytelling experience that transcends the screen. This is one documentary that can never be saved to your Netflix queue.
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