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Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet
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Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet

Album: Landfall
Release Date: February 16th
The first recorded collaboration between multimedia visionary Laurie Anderson and string experimentalists Kronos Quartet focuses on the composer's experiences during Hurricane Sandy, which flooded her West Village home when it hit New York in the fall of 2012. Landfall debuted at the University of Maryland's Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in 2013 and has toured the world since; the quartet and Anderson's electroacoustic clamor is augmented by the output of a software application called erst, which generates text from musical phrases. "These are stories with tempos,” Anderson said of the project in a statement. "I've always been fascinated by the complex relationship of words and music whether in song lyrics, supertitles or voice over."

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