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Cross The Arctic With The Kronos Quartet

Cross The Arctic With The Kronos Quartet

March 25, 2015
National

"Dogs barking, wind howling, ice crunching, then the sudden "ch-ch-ch-ch" of a sawing beat: That's composer Derek Charke's opening salvo in his transporting piece Cercle du Nord III.

Charke wrote this piece in 2005 for the Kronos Quartet, who premiered it the following year. It includes an entrancing recorded soundtrack, in which he includes everything from snippets of Inuit-style throat singing to the human and animal sounds of dog sledding, as well as synth, shakers and what he describes as a "grunting flute sound...."

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