Asia Society Texas Center presents A Thousand Thoughts
Oscar-nominated filmmakers Sam Green and Joe Bini have teamed up with Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet for a wildly creative multimedia performance piece that blends live music and narration with archival footage and filmed interviews with such prominent artists as Philip Glass, Tanya Tagaq, Steve Reich, Wu Man, and Terry Riley.
As Green tells the multi-decade and continent-spanning story of the groundbreaking string quartet, Kronos revisits its extensive body of work, performing music by George Crumb, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and many others. South Korean cellist Sunny Yang is featured in several performances and in a filmed interview in which she discusses her experience as the quartet's newest member.
Together on stage, Green and Kronos interact with the stirring cinematic imagery on-screen to craft an important record and exploration of the late 20th- and early 21st-century music. Transcending the typical live music and film event, this collaboration quickly becomes a meditation on music itself — the act of listening to it closely, the experience of feeling it deeply, and the power it has to change the world.