The Aga Khan Music Initiative and the San Francisco-based Kronos Quartet have inaugurated a pioneering musical collaboration that brings the quartet together with leading musicians from Azerbaijan and Afghanistan to compose, arrange, and perform new music rooted in Central Asian tradition. Founded 35 years ago, Kronos is celebrated for its singular commitment to expanding the range and context of the string quartet. In 2008, the AKMICA-Kronos collaboration will produce two music programmes, and world premieres of both programmes have already been booked by leading arts presenting organisations. The first programme, featuring compositions by Homayoun Sakhi for Afghan rubab, tabla, and string quartet, is to be premiered at the Yerba Buena Arts Center Festival in San Francisco on 2 August, 2008. The second programme, featuring works for the Kronos Quartet and the Alim Qasimov Ensemble, is scheduled to open the Ramadan Nights series at the Barbican Arts Centre in London on 26 September, 2008.