As a direct protest to the 2017 Executive Orders limiting travel to the United States by people from largely Muslim-majority countries, San Francisco’s Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet, with Persian vocalist Mahsa Vahdat, brings a Boston premiere program featuring music from the original seven “banned” countries—Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen—among others. Kronos’ Music for Change: The Banned Countries highlights a rich diversity of artistic voices, including works composed specifically for the performance, new collaborations, and signature works from Kronos’ extensive repertoire.
David Harrington, violin,
John Sherba, violin
Hank Dutt, viola
Sunny Yang, cello
Mahsa Vahdat, vocals
“All told, [‘Music for Change: The Banned Countries’] amounts to a rich and distinctive mixtape, amplifying themes of dignity, resistance, and harmonious coexistence. ”The New Yorker
“It’s hard to imagine a time when the Kronos Quartet was not emphatically crossing musical boundaries … But its latest project responds cogently to an era of increasingly policed and politicized borders. ”The New York Times