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Kronos Festival 2016: Explorer Series – A Thousand Thoughts | Night 3

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Date(s) - 02/06/2016
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Miner Auditorium, SFJAZZ Center


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Festival day three, A Thousand Thoughts, features Malian balafon player Fodé Lassana Diabaté joining Kronos for the US premiere of Sunjata’s Time, his new work written for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future project. Kronos also performs Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy’s One Hundred Goodbyes
 for the upcoming centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, the rebellion that led to Ireland’s independence. Homayun Sakhi Trio, consisting of Homayun Sakhi, Salar Nader, and Abbos Kosimov, joins Kronos to perform Sakhi’s Rangin Kaman (Rainbow), which he composed for Kronos and his trio in 2008. The day begins with a series of intimate afternoon solo and duo performances by Ritva Koistinen on the Finnish kantele followed by Fodé Lassana Diabaté on the balafon; Vân-Ánh Võ on the Vietnamese đàn Tranh with multi-instrumentalist David Coulter; and Mariana Sadovska, voice and Indian harmonium, with special guest, the Bay Area’s own KITKA.


  • Traditional (arr. Kronos, transc. Ljova) / Tusen Tankar (A Thousand Thoughts) +
  • Donnacha Dennehy / One Hundred Goodbyes (Céad Slán) * West Coast premiere
    I. Is Léan Liom (I grieve for you)
    II. Tomás Bán (White Thomas)
    III. Céad Slán Dhuit (A Hundred Goodbyes to You)
  • Fodé Lassana Diabaté (arr./realized by Jacob Garchik) / Sunjata’s Time * US premiere
    I. Sumaworo
    II. Sogolon
    III. Nana Triban
    IV. Bala Faseke
    V. Bara kala ta
    with special guest Fodé Lassana Diabaté, 22-key balafon
    Composed for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire


  • Homayun Sakhi (arr. Stephen Prutsman) / Rangin Kaman (Rainbow) * with Homayun Sakhi, rubâb and special guests Salar Nader, tabla, and Abbos Kosimov, doyra

The appearances of the Homayun Sakhi Trio and Fodé Lassana Diabaté are supported in part by the Aga Khan Music Initiative as part of an ongoing partnership with the Kronos Performing Arts Association.

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