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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: Jennifer Culp (Cello); Hank Dutt (Viola); David Harrington (Violin); Kronos Quartet (Strings); 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: Jennifer Culp (Cello); Hank Dutt (Viola); David Harrington (Violin); Kronos Quartet (Strings); John Sherba (Violin); Luanne Warner (Marimba)
  • 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: Jennifer Culp (Cello); Hank Dutt (Viola); David Harrington (Violin); Kronos Quartet (Strings); John Sherba (Violin)
  • 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: Jennifer Culp (Cello); Hank Dutt (Viola); Alejandro Flores (Violin); David Harrington (Violin); Kronos Quartet (Strings); John Sherba (Violin); Efrén Vargas (Voice)
  • 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: Jennifer Culp (Cello); Hank Dutt (Viola); Carlos Garcia (Leaf); David Harrington (Violin); Kronos Quartet (Strings); John Sherba (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Notes: Arranged: Stephen Prutsman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Revueltas, Silvestre : Sensemaya, for chamber orchestra
  • Performers: Alfredo Bringas (Percussion); Jennifer Culp (Cello); Hank Dutt (Viola); Ricardo Gallardo (Percussion); David Harrington (Violin); Kronos Quartet (Strings); Cláudia Oliveira (Percussion); John Sherba (Violin); 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: Jennifer Culp (Cello); Hank Dutt (Viola); Carmen Gomez Oso (Voice); David Harrington (Violin); Kronos Quartet (Strings); Rominko Mendez Xik (Voice); Rominko Patixtan Patixtan (Harp); Xun Perez Hol Cotom (Voice); John Sherba (Violin); Pegro Tak'il Bek'et (Guitar); Luanne Warner (Marimba)
  • 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: Luis Conte (Percussion); Jennifer Culp (Cello); Hank Dutt (Viola); David Harrington (Violin); Kronos Quartet (Strings); John Sherba (Violin)
  • 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); David Harrington (Violin); Kronos Quartet (Strings); John Sherba (Violin)
  • 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: Jennifer Culp (Cello); Hank Dutt (Viola); Doña Florinda (Voice); Roberto Gómez Bolaños (Voice); David Harrington (Violin); Kronos Quartet (Strings); Gustavo Santaolalla (Percussion); Gustavo Santaolalla (Toys); Luna Santaolalla (Voice); John Sherba (Violin)
  • 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); David Harrington (Violin); Kronos Quartet (Strings); John Sherba (Violin)
  • 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: Jennifer Culp (Cello); Hank Dutt (Viola); David Harrington (Violin); 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: Ruben Albarran (Electric Guitar); Jennifer Culp (Cello); Emmanuel De Real (Dancer); Emmanuel De Real (Keyboards); Hank Dutt (Viola); Alejandro Flores (Requinto); Alejandro Flores (Violin); David Harrington (Violin); Kronos Quartet (Strings); Joselo Rangel (Electric Guitar); Quique Rangel (Dancer); John Sherba (Violin)
  • 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