the kronos (string) quartet
In 1985, the Kronos String Quartet performed 'None Of The Above', a piece by Frank Zappa. Zappa had been commisioned to write a piece for the ensemble. At that time, the Kronos String Quartet consisted of:
It was performed on several occasions:
In 2009 the Kronos Quartet performed Zappa material at the
"NEA Opera Honors".
2009/11/04 by Hoodoo
radio broadcast of NEA's opera awards will elude L.A.
4, 2009 | 5:30 am
will be a recurring California motif at the National Endowment for the Arts'
second annual NEA Opera Honors ceremony on Nov. 14 -- but there are no plans for
the national radio broadcast of the musical proceedings and award presentations
to grace Southern California's airwaves.
Composer John Adams, who is based in the Bay Area and has close ties to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, [snip]
Among Adams' selections for the festival dedicated to California's classical music scene are a Dudamel-conducted program of "City Noir" and Esa-Pekka Salonen's "L.A. Variations," a new-music program featuring the Kronos Quartet, in which Adams will conduct excerpts from Frank Zappa's "Yellow Shark," and a "Songs of the Sun" concert by L.A. pop music eminences Brian Wilson and Dave Alvin.