Sam Green’s “A Thousand Thoughts” Embraces the Kronos Quartet in Film and Live Music

KronosQuartet-SamGreen8:00 pm • Friday, December 8th 2017
MASS MoCA • North Adams, MA

My apologies for the lateness in my post. I’ve been a bit under the weather while working on meeting various grant deadlines which have absolutely no sympathy. With those done, at least for now, and perhaps a few good nights sleep are in order. BUT, and despite some of the fabulous holiday flavored concerts going on this weekend and the delicious Albany Symphony’s focus on Mozart’s incredible productivity in the year 1786, if you are a fan of the Kronos Quartet or have heard of them, but never got a real listen… their collaboration with Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sam Green at MASS MoCA tonight should not be missed.

The pivotal Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet [David Harrington and John Sherba, violin; Hank Dutt, viola; Sunny Yang 'cello] and Sam Green have been in residence all week at MASS MoCA to fine tune their live documentary A Thousand Thoughts before it moves on to a showing on the Sundance Festival’s New Frontier slate later this month.

In this special event, you’ll get a sneak peak at this wildly creative, multimedia work-in-progress. A Thousand Thoughts is a live cinema portrait of this legendary classical music group who has been described as “unusual,” “astounding,” “unique,” “never dull or stuffy,” “weird,” but nevertheless has led a new generation in music-making. Green narrates the film as archival footage and filmed interviews with such prominent artists as Philip Glass, Tanya Tagaq, Steve Reich, Wu Man, and Terry Riley are presented. Kronos Quartet performs the soundtrack live. As Green tells the multi-decade and continent-spanning story of the groundbreaking string quartet, he crafts an important record and exploration of late 20th and early 21st-century music. The film is described as a “meditation on music itself–the act of listening closely to music, the experience of feeling music deeply, and the power of music to change the world.”

This really sounds fantastic. I encourage you to go. Be sure to contact Mass MoCA (413-662-2111) if you need ticketing information.

Happy Musicking this weekend!

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