Kronos Quartet / ‘Long Time Passing: Kronos Quartet & Friends Celebrate Pete Seeger’/ Smithsonian Folkways
The GRAMMY-winning Kronos Quartet has announced its new album Long Time Passing: Kronos Quartet and Friends Celebrate Pete Seeger, a tribute to the music, political philosophy, and social impact of Pete Seeger, out October 9 on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Joining the much-celebrated group are Sam Amidon — who appears on Kronos’ 2017 album Folk Songs (Nonesuch Records) — Maria Arnal, Brian Carpenter, Lee Knight, Meklit, and Aoife O’Donovan. These artists give voice to the plainspoken songs of struggle that Seeger both wrote and collected in his seventy-plus years as a musician, while Jacob Garchik and Kronos’ arrangements movingly (and seamlessly) translate his banjo-playing for the group’s two violins, viola, and cello. Together, the collective pays moving tribute to Seeger as a man and activist, and makes plain the continued relevance of the moral and political arguments he authored and amplified.