Tom Service “The Kronos Quartet: the sky's the limit” http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/jan/19/kronos-quartet-skys-the-limit
(…) Kronos have achieved more in getting the string quartet as a medium, and contemporary music as a creative force, into the global popular consciousness than pretty well any other ensemble. They've covered Nine Inch Nails and Jimi Hendrix, they've collaborated with musicians from India, China and Iraq, and have played, recorded and commissioned the greats of American music including Terry Riley, Philip Glass and Steve Reich. Their inclusivist ethos comes from Harrington's simple but essential philosophy. "I just have an incredible sense of wonder and fun exploring the world of music. It's amazing that this configuration of instruments – two violins, a viola and a cello – that began in central Europe around 1750 has now radiated throughout the world."
And what about the future? Is Harrington still as fired up by what he hears today as he was in his teens and 20s by George Crumb, Jimi Hendrix, and Stravinsky? "For sure. The list of music and musicians I'd like to be involved with is getting longer and longer. I wish the days were getting longer, too, and I wish life was getting longer! We're living in a time that's unparalleled in the possibility for interaction with music from so many different places. It's just great to be a musician right now. Music is a basic human need. I don't know any more about it than the next person" – one of the great Harrington understatements, right there – "but it's something that magnetises and inspires us."
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