Sun Rings, Terry Riley and Kronos Quartet

Composed by Terry Riley for string quartet, chorus, and pre-recorded space sounds, Sun Rings is the first complete recording of Kronos Quartet’s landmark multimedia production of the same name. Commissioned in part by the NASA Art Program, the fully staged show, featuring visual design by Willie Williams, premiered at University of Iowa’s Hancher Auditorium in October 2002. Kronos has since performed the 10-movement work in full nearly 50 times in 11 countries and 18 states. “Art and science have enjoyed a triumphant meeting,” wrote Mark Swed for the Los Angeles Times after the Southern California premiere. “Terry Riley’s empyrean masterpiece for the Kronos Quartet, chorus, electronic sounds from outer space, and lavish visual projections provides music of supreme beauty and spiritual impact.”

Kronos Quartet
David Harrington, violin
John Sherba, violin
Hank Dutt, viola
Sunny Yang, cello

with Volti, Robert Geary, Artistic Director

Sounds of space courtesy of Dr. Donald A. Gurnett, Department of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Iowa

Recorded sound transformation by David Dvorin

Produced by Judith Sherman

Engineered by Leslie Ann Jones
Mixed by John Kilgore, Judith Sherman, and David Harrington
Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig


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