Halloween is not a big date on most music calendars. Trust the wonderfully uninhibited, always adventuresome Kronos Quartet, however, to recognize and capitalize on the day's liberating, anything-goes aspect.
Saturday evening, the San Francisco-based new-music ensemble began its local season with a long program in Schoenberg Hall, UCLA.
There seemed to be a greater emphasis on smaller, pop-oriented numbers than on other Kronos programs, in part because Cecil Taylor's scheduled "Corona" has not been completed. Kronos played what there is of it now--a brave, distinctive beginning, but no more.
Filling the void were arrangements from the "Strangers in Paradise" sound track and "Four for Tango" by Piazzolla, promoted, it would seem, from the encore repertory. Kronos delivered them with its wonted panache.
Equally persuasive playing and greater musical substance was heard in a jazz set: "Waltz for Debby" and "Very Early" by Bill Evans, and Miles Davis' "Nardis," all as arranged by Tom Darter. Noted jazz bassist Eddie Gomez joined the ensemble in tight, warm, generously spirited readings.