Session 4- Barbican Presents "Explorations: The Sound of Nonesuch Records" Marathon Weekend

SESSION FOUR - Featuring Crash Ensemble, Iarla O'Lionáird, Kronos Quartet, Sam Amidon, Natalie Merchant, Rhiannon Giddens and Olivia Chaney
Sunday 18 May / 14:00, Milton Court Concert Hall
Tickets £20
Session four includes new arrangements of traditional folk song and new collaborations:

The first half of the concert features Crash Ensemble ,joined by singer Iarla O’Lionaird performing Donnacha Dennehy’s Grá agus Bás, which is featured on our 2011 album of the same name and inspired by a number of traditional sean-nós songs.

In the second half of the concert Kronos Quartet joins forces with four of the most celebrated roots artists within the Nonesuch family for a world premiere collaboration: Sam Amidon, Natalie Merchant, Rhiannon Giddens, and Olivia Chaney. Delving deep into the American folk songbook, each soloist will sing all new arrangements of old folk songs, commissioned and performed by Kronos Quartet.


The Barbican's 2014 marathon weekend celebrates Nonesuch Records in the label's 50th anniversary year, May 17 and 18, 2014. Entitled Explorations: The Sound of Nonesuch Records, this curated weekend of events includes five London concerts taking place in LSO St Luke's, Guildhall School's new Milton Court Concert Hall (daytime sessions), and the Barbican Hall (evening sessions). Featured among the weekend's events are performances by artists including Jonny Greenwood, Kronos Quartet, Brad Mehldau, Timo Andres, Sam Amidon, Natalie Merchant, Rhiannon Giddens, Olivia Chaney, and others performing works by Greenwood, Mehldau, Andres, Steve Reich, John Adams, Philip Glass, Frederic Rzewski, Henryk Górecki, Donnacha Dennehy, and more.

The marathon weekend is part of a wider Nonesuch celebration at the Barbican that will include further one-off concerts and collaborations throughout May 2014, featuring a breadth of artists associated with the label and in the spirit of it. Satellite events will include Kronos at 40 (Barbican Hall, May 13) and Jeremy Denk (LSO St Luke’s, May 24) with further events to be announced.

There will also be a Creative Learning program including performances in primary schools to introduce students to music released on Nonesuch as well as work with emerging young musicians and Nonesuch artists to inspire a future generation of music makers.