Kronos Quartet brings performance inspired by Trump's travel ban to DC
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A Grammy Award-winning quartet is coming to Washington as part of a concert series it says was inspired by President TrumpDonald John TrumpHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Police called after Florida moms refuse to wear face masks at school board meeting about mask policy Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline MORE's travel ban.

Kronos Quartet will perform "Music for Change: The Banned Countries" at Sixth & I Synagogue in the District on Saturday.

The touring program, presented by Washington Performing Arts, "explores musical traditions and soundscapes from several predominantly Muslim nations, including Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen," according to organizers. Along with the music, sounds from each region, including street noise and radio clips, are played for what's dubbed a "continuous, immersive experience."


The concert tour is a "direct response," its creators say, to Trump's controversial travel ban — which detractors called a "Muslim ban" — the first version of which was issued just seven days into his term.

The executive order blocked entry of refugees and travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Following a series of court battles, the administration was forced to revise its original proposal twice. 

David Harrington, a violinist and founder of the Kronos Quartet, told ITK in a statement that through "Music for Change," the group is "trying to create a musical solution to a human problem."

"Our idea is to take the listener through this kind of vast experience of musical variety and possibilities, and encourage more listening, and wider listening," said Harrington, whose quartet picked up a Grammy last month in the Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance category. "That's what I'm hoping this concert will do. It will kind of open some windows and some doors, and allow more music in."