KRONOS QUARTET & FRIENDS MEET SUN RA: OUTER SPACEWAYS INCORPORATED

2024
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KRONOS QUARTET & FRIENDS MEET SUN RA:

OUTER SPACEWAYS INCORPORATED

 

Individually, Kronos Quartet and Sun Ra are two of the most groundbreaking names in contemporary music. The former is the legendary San Francisco-based string quartet that laid a blueprint for what concert music could become, working with the likes of John Cage, Tanya Tagaq, and Astor Piazzolla. The latter was a singular jazz and avant-garde bandleader, as well as a philosopher and poet, who honed an extraordinary strain of cosmic experimental music from the 1950s until his ascension in 1993. As a capstone to Kronos Quartet’s 50th anniversary, the group has joined forces with the Red Hot Organization for the new album Outer Spaceways Incorporated: Kronos Quartet & Friends Meet Sun Ra. It’s stacked with some of the most innovative artists active today — everyone from multidimensional electronic musician Jlin, to Moor Mother and DJ Haram’s radical noise / rap project 700 Bliss, to abstract hip hop luminaries Armand Hammer, to avant-garde hero Laurie Anderson, to minimalist pioneer Terry Riley.

Three singles from the record are out!

One features New Age pioneer Laraaji, and finds the beloved, orange-clad zither and piano player putting a hypnotic spin on Sun Ra’s propulsive early doo wop piece “Daddy’s Gonna Tell You No Lie.”

The second is a reimagining of Ra’s iconic “Outer Spaceways Incorporated,” which pairs Kronos’ swooping sounds with vocals by Los Angeles’ inimitable cosmic diva Georgia Anne Muldrow.

The latest is a suite of gorgeous movements, mystical and charged with the ethereal space-like narrations by Laurie Anderson. In collaboration with Steven Bernstein, Marshall Allen, Sex Mob & Kronos Quartet, this track is a star-studded, synergetic collection of Sun Ra interpolations.  Let the splendid “Images Suite (Images / Horoscope / Ancient Aiethopia / Interstellar Low Ways)” entice you and elevate your morning.

All feature powerful performances from Kronos Quartet, offering an enticing glimpse at what could easily go down as one of the most eclectic, boundary-pushing, and delightful albums of the year.