Concert preview: Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet set to make Landfall at the Wexner Center

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

“Landfall,” a recent collaboration between artist/composer/musician Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet, an innovative, San Francisco-based string quartet, is rooted in the destruction that followed in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which struck Anderson’s New York City home in late October 2012.

Incorporating music, projections and storytelling, Anderson recounts the fallout from the experience, including the shock of encountering a flooded basement littered with long-stored mementos. “How beautiful/ How magic/ And how catastrophic,” she recalls in one aside.

Throughout, both the music — Kronos’ playing is digitally manipulated and enhanced with prerecorded snippets — and Anderson’s words, which tend to flow stream-of-conscious-like from the artist, calling to mind dreams or half-remembered memories, evoke the fragility of life. Anderson’s wide-ranging remembrances touch on big ideas like extinction, war and the vastness of the galaxy, a message given even more poignancy by a more recent personal tragedy: the October 2013 passing of the musician’s husband, Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed.

Photo by Mark Allan

Wexner Center for the Arts

8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11

1871 N. High St., Campus