A World of Shared Ecstasy: How John King’s String Quartet Fuses Western and Arabic Music

Written by Adam Shatz

A new suite for string quartet weds Western and Arabic music with intelligence, integrity, and feeling.



“…The inspiration for Free Palestine came from the Old City of Jerusalem, which King visited in 2011 while touring with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. He wandered into a Palestinian cafe, ordered a mint tea, and listened to the men around him…”


Read Adam Shatz’s take on John King’s “Free Palestine.”

A World of Shared Ecstasy

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