Saturday, June 1, 2019, at 7:30pm
Robert N. Miner Auditorium at SFJAZZ Center
San Francisco Girls Chorus
Valérie Sainte-Agathe, Artistic Director
SFGC’s Premier Ensemble joins Kronos Quartet and guests Sam Amidon, Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, Lee Knight, and others for Day 3 of the 2019 Festival.
KRONOS QUARTET AND SAM AMIDON
Traditional (arr. Nico Muhly) / Oh Where +
Traditional (arr. Nico Muhly) / I See the Sign +
with Sam Amidon
KRONOS AND FRIENDS CELEBRATE PETE SEEGER AT 100 **
Works to be announced
with Sam Amidon, Lee Knight, Valérie Sainte-Agathe, and others
Jacob Garchik / NEW WORK** World premiere
Aleksander Kościów / Hílathi *
with San Francisco Girls Chorus, conducted by Valérie Sainte-Agathe
Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Tegere Tulon * World premiere
with Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, voice,
and San Francisco Girls Chorus, conducted by Valérie Sainte-Agathe
Kronos Festival 2019 closes out with a celebration of folk icon and activist Pete Seeger, who would have turned 100 in May. Kronos premieres a new work that explores Seeger’s musical legacy, written by frequent collaborator Jacob Garchik and commissioned by the FreshGrass Foundation. Joined by folk artists Sam Amidon and Lee Knight, among others, Kronos also debuts the first part of a project that reinterprets music from the Pete Seeger collection, held by the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. Amidon also joins Kronos for a set of songs that include his contributions to Kronos’ 2017 Folk Songs album.
Malian singer Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, who performed last Festival with the griot ensemble Trio Da Kali, returns to help Kronos premiere her composition written for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire. She is joined by artist-in-residence Valérie Sainte-Agathe and the San Francisco Girls Chorus, who also perform Aleksander Kościów’s meditative Hílathi, which was also composed for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future education and legacy project. More details to be announced.
Come early to listen to broadcaster, music producer, and professor of music at SOAS University of London, Dr. Lucy Durán talk about the tegere tulon. These are the handclapping songs and dances created spontaneously by girls in country villages of southern Mali that serve as the basis for Diabaté’s composition for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future initiative. Although this tradition is in danger of dying out, it remains an important source of inspiration for many Malian artists such as Diabaté, who learned how to coordinate words, rhythm, dance, and composition through the tegere tulon. (from kronosquartet.org)