MusicNow 2009 Lineup Announced

The avant chamber music festival, MusicNow, returns to Memorial Hall on March 11 and March 12. The "big get" this year is the Kronos Quartet, a brilliant, legendary string troupe that hasn't played in Cincinnati in 20 years. Kronos plays both nights of the event, performing music by Jim Thirwell and Glenn Branca, as well as a new piece by Richard Reed Parry of Bell Orchestre and Arcade Fire.—-

The first night of the festival also features a performance by experimental Indie group The Books (MusicNow vets). The band and Kronos both contribute tracks to Dark Was the Night, a forthcoming compilation disc produced by The National's Bryce and Aaron Dessner (Bryce also puts together MusicNow each year). The CD, due Feb. 17 on the 4AD label, is a benefit for the Red Hot Organization, an AIDS/HIV charity. The two-disc/three-vinyl comp includes a new track from The National (streaming now at the comp's official site) and other exclusives from the likes of Andrew Bird, Cat Power, David Byrne, Arcade Fire, Antony, Blonde Redhead, Iron and Wine, Spoon, My Morning Jacket and several other Indie stars.

Malian kora (African harp) virtuoso Toumani Diabate is the opening act on Night 2. Artist Karl Jensen is again providing the stage set/art installation.

Tickets can be purchased now at the MusicNow Web site. Cost is $20 for one night or $35 for a two-night ticket.

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