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Nuevo / Kronos Quartet

Album Summary

>Briseño, Severiano : El sinaloense
>Lara, Agustín : Se me hizo fácil
>Esquivel, Juan Garcia : Mini Skirt
>Traditional, Mexican : El llorar (Crying)
>Dominguez, Alberto : Perfidia
>Revueltas, Silvestre : Sensemaya, for chamber orchestra
>Golijov, Osvaldo : K'in sventa Ch'ul Me'tik Kwadulupe (Festival for the Holy Mother Guadalupe)
>Lecuona, Margarita : Tabu (Taboo)
>Elizondo, José : Cuatro milpas (Four Cornfields)
>Gallardo, Ricardo : Chavosuite
>Guzik, Ariel : Plasmaht
>Sanchez, Chalino : Nacho Verduzco
>Tacuba, Café : 12/12
Performers Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"Nuevo" is something of a near-hallucinatory journey in sound. A bawdy song from Mazatlan, a romantic standard of the 60's, "space-age bachelor pad music" of Esquivel, foot-stomping party music, a percussion-laden concert work, a prime-time Mexican TV theme and a mariachi tune are only some of the ingredients in this program which spans 100 years. This is one of the Kronos' most striking sound odysseys to date.

Notes & Reviews:

This album was nominated for the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Classical

Crossover Album.

Personnel: Rominko Mendez Xik, Efrén Vargas, Carmen Gomez Oso (vocals); Rita Cantalagua, Joselo (electric guitar); Emmanuel, Emmanuel del Real (jarana, keyboards, programming); Gustavo Santaolalla, Luis Conte (percussion); Carlos Garcia (sound effects).

Recording information: El Ensayo, Satelite, Mexico (07/2000-08/2001); La Casa Studios, Los Angeles, CA (07/2000-08/2001); Laboratorio Plasmaht (07/2000-08/2001); Mexico City, Mexico (07/2000-08/2001); O'Henry Studios, Burbank, CA (07/2000-08/2001); Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (07/2000-08/2001); El Ensayo, Satelite, Mexico (08/2000/08/2001); La Casa Studios, Los Angeles, CA (08/2000/08/2001); Laboratorio Plasmaht (08/2000/08/2001); Mexico City, Mexico (08/2000/08/2001); O'Henry Studios, Burbank, CA (08/2000/08/2001); Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (08/2000/08/2001).

The always innovative and adventurous Kronos Quartet once again moves beyond the conventional boundaries of artistic genres with NUEVO, an ambitious tribute to the richly diverse musical culture of Mexico. The album is a kaleidoscopic journey through a variegated soundscape, a post-modernist survey of an array of sounds and styles that includes popular and traditional songs, Indian chants, sones, corridos, mariachi, progressive classical, television themes, space-age bachelor pad music, and rock en español. The vibrant performances by the ensemble demonstrate that artists from seemingly disparate musical worlds such as Agustin Lara, Silvestre Revueltas, Alberto Dominguez, Esquivel, and Café Tacuba share not only a common nationality but a sensibility that balks at limitations and celebrates the unfettered expression of individuality.

The album is also an excellent showcase of the quartet's remarkable versatility. Whether manipulating their instruments to emulate a scratchy, off-speed 78, adding texture to their sound with exotic instruments and effects to produce evocative sonic portraits, or diving headlong into electronica on a remix by Nortec DJ Plankton Man, the ensemble's inimitable artistry always shines through. NUEVO fits perfectly into the Kronos aesthetic and is a fine addition to a discography that defies easy categorization.



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>Briseño, Severiano : El sinaloense
  • Performers: Kronos Quartet (Strings); David Harrington (Violin); Jennifer Culp (Cello); Hank Dutt (Viola); John Sherba (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Notes: Arranged: Osvaldo Golijov
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lara, Agustín : Se me hizo fácil
  • Performers: Luanne Warner (Marimba); Jennifer Culp (Cello); Hank Dutt (Viola); David Harrington (Violin); John Sherba (Violin); Kronos Quartet (Strings)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Notes: Arranged: Osvaldo Golijov
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Esquivel, Juan Garcia : Mini Skirt
  • Performers: John Sherba (Violin); David Harrington (Violin); Kronos Quartet (Strings); Hank Dutt (Viola); Jennifer Culp (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Notes: Arranged: Osvaldo Golijov
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1968
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Mexican : El llorar (Crying)
  • Performers: Alejandro Flores (Violin); Kronos Quartet (Strings); Efrén Vargas (Voice); David Harrington (Violin); Hank Dutt (Viola); John Sherba (Violin); Jennifer Culp (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Notes: Arranged: Osvaldo Golijov
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Language: Spanish
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Dominguez, Alberto : Perfidia
  • Performers: Carlos Garcia (Leaf); John Sherba (Violin); Hank Dutt (Viola); David Harrington (Violin); Kronos Quartet (Strings); Jennifer Culp (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Notes: Arranged: Stephen Prutsman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Revueltas, Silvestre : Sensemaya, for chamber orchestra
  • Performers: Cláudia Oliveira (Percussion); John Sherba (Violin); Alfredo Bringas (Percussion); Ricardo Gallardo (Percussion); Jennifer Culp (Cello); Hank Dutt (Viola); David Harrington (Violin); Kronos Quartet (Strings); Raúl Tudón (Percussion)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Notes: Arranged: Stephen Prutsman
  • Running Time: 7 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Golijov, Osvaldo : K'in sventa Ch'ul Me'tik Kwadulupe (Festival for the Holy Mother Guadalupe)
  • Performers: Pegro Tak'il Bek'et (Guitar); Rominko Patixtan Patixtan (Harp); Luanne Warner (Marimba); Jennifer Culp (Cello); Carmen Gomez Oso (Voice); Rominko Mendez Xik (Voice); Hank Dutt (Viola); John Sherba (Violin); David Harrington (Violin); Kronos Quartet (Strings); Xun Perez Hol Cotom (Voice)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Notes: Osvaldo Golijov's composition integrates a recording of K'in Sventa Ch'ul Me'tik Kwadulupe, a ritual performed during the Festival for the Holy Mother Guadalupe, with music written for Kronos.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lecuona, Margarita : Tabu (Taboo)
  • Performers: Kronos Quartet (Strings); Luis Conte (Percussion); John Sherba (Violin); David Harrington (Violin); Hank Dutt (Viola); Jennifer Culp (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Notes: Arranged: Osvaldo Golijov
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Elizondo, José : Cuatro milpas (Four Cornfields)
  • Performers: Jennifer Culp (Cello); Hank Dutt (Viola); John Sherba (Violin); David Harrington (Violin); Kronos Quartet (Strings)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Notes: Arranged: Stephen Prutsman
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: circa 1926
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gallardo, Ricardo : Chavosuite
  • Performers: Luna Santaolalla (Voice); Hank Dutt (Viola); John Sherba (Violin); David Harrington (Violin); Kronos Quartet (Strings); Gustavo Santaolalla (Percussion); Doña Florinda (Voice); Jennifer Culp (Cello); Roberto Gómez Bolaños (Voice); Gustavo Santaolalla (Toys)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Notes: This selection is a suite which incorporates "Turkish March" from 'The Ruins of Athens, Op. 113' (1811) by Ludwig van Beethoven,
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Guzik, Ariel : Plasmaht
  • Performers: Jennifer Culp (Cello); Hank Dutt (Viola); John Sherba (Violin); David Harrington (Violin); Kronos Quartet (Strings)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Notes: Arranged: Kronos Quartet
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Sanchez, Chalino : Nacho Verduzco
  • Performers: Hank Dutt (Viola); David Harrington (Violin); Jennifer Culp (Cello); Kronos Quartet (Strings); John Sherba (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Notes: Arranged: Osvaldo Golijov
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Tacuba, Café : 12/12
  • Performers: Quique Rangel (Dancer); Joselo Rangel (Electric Guitar); Ruben Albarran (Electric Guitar); Jennifer Culp (Cello); Hank Dutt (Viola); John Sherba (Violin); David Harrington (Violin); Kronos Quartet (Strings); Alejandro Flores (Violin); Emmanuel De Real (Dancer); Emmanuel De Real (Keyboards); Alejandro Flores (Requinto)
  • Ensemble: Café Tacuba
  • Notes: Arranged: Osvaldo Golijov
  • Running Time: 11 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Briseño, Severiano : El sinaloense
  • Performers: Kronos Quartet (Strings); Plankton Man (Electronics)
  • Notes: This selection is a dance remix made in 2001 by Plankton Man of the Kronos Quartet recording of the same work on this CD.
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Studio