Kronos Quartet’s groundbreaking 2002 collaboration with composer Terry Riley, Sun Rings, is available as a recording for the first time. Sun Rings, commissioned in part by the NASA Art Program, was inspired by human space exploration and cosmic sounds recorded by the Voyager spacecraft. The work premiered in October 2002, and has since become a landmark piece in the canon of both Riley and Kronos.
One movement from the piece—One Earth, One People, One Love—was previously included in Kronos’ 2015 Terry Riley box set of the same name. Terry Riley and Kronos Quartet's relationship spans 40 years and has produced nearly 30 works for string quartet.
1. Sun Rings Overture 2. Hero Danger 3. Beebopterismo 4. Planet Elf Sindoori 5. Earth Whistlers 6. Earth/Jupiter Kiss 7. The Electron Cyclotron Frequency Parlour 8. Prayer Central 9. Venus Upstream 10. One Earth, One People, One Love