Aside from touring with Dead Cross with Secret Chiefs 3, Trey Spruance has been busy composing new music for the Kronos Quartet. You can now listen to his compositions performed by the Kronos Quartet online.
The Kronos Quartet is a San Francisco based, internationally renowned, string quartet. They have recently embarked on a multi-year project called Fifty for the Future. Fifty for the Future is a program that has commissioned fifty works for string quartets with the goal of guiding young amateur and early-career professional string quartets in developing the skills required for performing in the 21st-century. Trey Spruance (of Mr. Bungle and Secret Chiefs 3) has been involved, composing work for the Kronos Quartet to perform and then be used to teach these skills. Digital versions of the scores and parts, along with other teaching material and aids will also be available in the future.
Spruance’s compositions were originally premiered by the Kronos Quartet on August 25, 2016, at Haydn Hall, Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria. The work was made up of 5 pieces under the title of Séraphîta. The 5 pieces were titled, I. Séraphîta, II. Agesilaus Santander, III. Le Baphomet, IV. The Angel of the West Window, and V. Séraphîtüs. We now have access to 3 of those pieces on the Kronos Quartet’s SoundCloud page, ‘I. Séraphîta’, ‘Séraphîta: II. Le Baphomet’, and ‘Séraphîtüs’.
David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Yang (cello) are the Kronos Quartet. I became aware of their work by their work with director Darren Aronofsky and Clint Mansell for the films Noah (2014), The Fountain (2006), and Requiem for a Dream (2000), and was then later exposed to the prolific size of their work. For example, there is a remix of Nine Inch Nail’s ‘Another Version of the Truth’ by The Kronos Quartet and Enrique Gonzalez Muller on the remix version of Year Zero, Y34RZ3R0R3MIX3D (also below).
Have a listen and let us know what you think!
Listen to Trey Spruance Compositions for the Kronos Quartet Fifty for the Future
Listen to Kronos Quartet and Nine Inch Nails