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ATLANTA (Jan. 17, 2011)—The Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet performs with the Alim Qasimov Ensemble for the first time in Atlanta, on Feb. 17, 8 p.m. at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Together they perform Azerbaijani classical music known as mugham, and the repertoire of popular bardic songs sung by ashiqs, traditional singer-songwriters whose song texts often portray with wry humor and searing irony, the power of love and the pain of separation.
The Feb. 17 concert program will open with Kronos Quartet performing “Clouded Yellow” by Michael Gordon; “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right,” written by Bob Dylan/arr. by Philip Glass; and “Aheym (Homeward)” by Bryce Dessner. Alim Qasimov Ensemble will then perform traditional music; and the second half of the program will feature the ensembles’ collaborative arrangements.
The celebrated Kronos Quartet has long-running collaborations with musicians around the world, as well as foremost composers such as Terry Riley, Philip Glass, and Steve Reich. For over thirty years, the musical group—David Harrington, John Sherba (violins), Hank Dutt (viola), and Jeffrey Zeigler (cello)—has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to expanding the range and context of the string quartet. In 2011, Kronos became the only recipients of both the Polar Music Prize and the Avery Fisher Prize, two of the most prestigious awards given to musicians.
Alim Qasimov was awarded the IMC/UNESCO Music Prize for performers in 1999. Called “one of the most thrilling, unashamedly emotional performers on the planet,” by The Guardian, he performs in Atlanta with his daughter Fargana, as well as an ensemble playing traditional Azerbaijani percussion and string instruments. Read more about the Qasimovs and Azerbaijan’s musical heritage here.
Event and ticket details at arts.emory.edu or the Arts at Emory Box Office, 404-727-5050.
Home to the Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series, the Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center for Performing Arts is a place where teaching, learning, and performance merge to create a vital arts presence for the entire community.