'A Thousand Thoughts': A Live Documentary with Sam Green and Kronos Quartet


Presented in partnership with Houston Cinema Arts Society

A Thousand Thoughts: A Live Documentary with Sam Green and Kronos Quartet

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.

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"[Sundance] hit the jackpot this year with a film/performance combination called A Thousand Nights... It's as magical an amalgamation as anything you can imagine." — Los Angeles Times

"That sought-for concert high, the blissful moment when everyone in the hall is rapt and breathing seemingly in sync, seemed to last through the work's entirety, as the edges between the various media components melted to reveal its whole." — The San Francisco Chronicle

"Easily the most extraordinary moment of the entire [Sundance] festival... If a performance of this majestic work is taking place anywhere near you then you owe it to yourself to experience it." — POV Magazine

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About the Artists

Sam Green is a New York–based documentary filmmaker. He received his Master’s Degree in Journalism from University of California, Berkeley, where he studied documentary with acclaimed filmmaker Marlon Riggs. Green’s most recent projects are the “live documentaries” The Measure of All Things (2014), The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller with Yo La Tengo (2012), and Utopia in Four Movements (2010). His performance work has screened at venues such as the Barbican, Kitchen, TBA Festival, Fusebox Festival, Brighton Festival, and many others.

For more than 40 years, San Francisco’s Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet and its nonprofit Kronos Performing Arts Association have re-imagined and redefined the string quartet experience through thousands of concerts, over 60 recordings, collaborations with composers and performers from around the globe, over 950 commissioned works, and education programs for emerging musicians.

About the Houston Cinema Arts Festival

Houston Cinema Arts Festival is devoted to films by and about artists in the visual, performing, and literary arts. The Festival is a vibrant multimedia arts event that breaks out of the confines of the movie theater through live music and film performances, outdoor projections, and more. This year's Festival takes place November 8-12, 2018.

Major support for the Performing Arts at Asia Society Texas Center comes from Nancy C. Allen, Ellen Gritz and Milton Rosenau, the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, and the Anchorage Foundation. Generous funding also provided by AARP, The Clayton Fund, Miller Theatre Advisory Board, New England Foundation for the Arts. Additional support provided by the Wortham Foundation, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and through contributions from the Friends of Asia Society, a dedicated group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing exceptional programming and exhibitions to Asia Society Texas Center. Presented in Partnership with Houston Cinema Arts Festival.

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Event Details

Sun 11 Nov 2018
4 - 9 p.m.

1370 Southmore Boulevard

Houston, Texas 77004


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