Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Kronons Quartet Floodplain has just been released by Nonesuch. The latest in a long line of album packages I have had the great honor to art direct and design for Kronos and Nonesuch. The globe cover art is by Ingo Gunther. On Floodplain, the Quartet explores work from the Middle East, South Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe with original arrangements of traditional music and newly commissioned pieces. There's vintage pop from Egypt, folk from Azerbaijan, electronica from a Palestinian music collective, and an ambitious piece from Serbian composer Aleksandra Vrebalov that has the contemplative grace of a Górecki masterwork.