Listen: Natalie Merchant Sings With the Kronos Quartet

by Noise11

Natalie Merchant is one of the guest vocalists to appear on the upcoming Kronos Quartet album Folk Songs.

Folk Songs began from the 50th anniversary of Nonesuch Records celebrations in 2014. At festivals at London’s Barbican Centre and New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Kronos Quartet joined forces with four labelmates—Sam Amidon, Olivia Chaney, Rhiannon Giddens, and Natalie Merchant—to perform a concert entitled Folk Songs.

The album is due June 9, 2017. The track The Butcher’s Boy with Natalie Merchant, is available now.



The track list for Folk Songs:

  • Oh Where (with Sam Amidon)
  • Ramblin' Boy (with Olivia Chaney)
  • The Butcher's Boy (with Natalie Merchant)
  • Factory Girl (with Rhiannon Giddens)
  • Last Kind Words (with Rhiannon Giddens)
  • I See the Sign (with Sam Amidon)
  • Montaigne, que tu es haute (with Olivia Chaney)
  • Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier (with Natalie Merchant)
  • Lullaby (with Rhiannon Giddens)

About Kronos Quartet

For more than 40 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet—David Harrington and John Sherba (violins), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Yang (cello)—has combined a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually re-imagine the string quartet experience. In the process, Kronos has become one of the world’s most celebrated and influential ensembles, performing thousands of concerts, releasing more than sixty recordings, collaborating with many of the world’s most eclectic composers and performers, and commissioning more than 900 works and arrangements for string quartet. Kronos is the recipient of more than 40 awards, including the Polar Music Prize and the Avery Fisher Prize. Last season, a five-year initiative, Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, began commissioning new works designed to train students and emerging professionals; the pieces are distributed online for free. Kronos has had a close relationship with Nonesuch since 1985, when the group recorded Philip Glass’ soundtrack to Mishima. Nonesuch has since released forty-seven albums by Kronos, including Pieces of Africa (1992), a showcase of African-born composers; Nuevo (2002), a celebration of Mexican culture; and the 2004 Grammy winner, Alban Berg’s Lyric Suite, featuring Dawn Upshaw—as well as motion picture soundtracks such as Requiem for a Dream and albums dedicated to composers including Glass, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Henryk Gorecki, and Astor Piazzolla, among others.

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