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A Thousand Thoughts

A live documentary with the Kronos Quartet
Written and Directed by Sam Green and Joe Bini

Tuesday June 19, 20.30, Stavros Niarchos Hall GNO

A Thousand Thoughts

A Thousand Thoughts is a documentary about the story of emblematic Kronos Quartet which is produced live on stage by director Sam Green. Founded in 1973, the Kronos Quartet has been called “the most famous ‘new music’ group in the world.” Over the past four decades the group has sold 1.5 million records, won a Grammy and numerous other awards, and played thousands of concerts. A Thousand Thoughts will be a live cinematic collaboration between Sam Green and Kronos—continuing an exploration of the form which they call “live documentary.”

The setup consists of the director narrating and cueing photos and moving images from the stage while the Kronos Quartet plays a live score. It has all the elements of a film, but it happens live. The story itself will be about the Kronos Quartet and its long career, and the members of the group will play songs from their repertoire as well as talk from time to time. At the same time, archival footage and sound bites from longtime collaborators will be shown, like Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, and many others.

The Kronos Quartet has played an important role in the music industry through the hundreds of original scores they have written, their love of the musical traditions around the world and eventually the way they introduced a string quartet in pop culture. They appeared in TV shows like Sesame Street, adapted the music of artists like Jimmy Hendrix, covered songs like Misirlou and collaborated with a wide range of artists from avant garde Laurie Anderson to the minimalist Philip Glass.

At A Thousand Thoughts we connect to the power of Kronos Quartet's music through an experimental kinesthetic experience that marries the power of sound with the magic of cinema and the power of physical presence in space.

Pre-registration is required. Electronic pre-registration for the event will start on 12/6 at 13.00 here
Admission is allowed to children over 6 years old