Presented on this recording are three brand new arrangements of Steve Reich works, newly written for percussion, in celebration of his 75th birthday by one of today's most gifted percussionists.
Upon hearing the recording Steve Reich wrote: 'Kuniko Kato is a first rate percussionist who has put a lot of careful thought and hours of rehearsal into making this excellent [album]. She has created new and very beautiful arrangements.'
KUNIKO's arrangements are simply stunning and this recording exhibits elements of her Japanese heritage to create a warm, virtuosic performance. This unique recording must be heard!
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'Beautiful, intricate, captivating arrangements of some of the most heartfelt music that minimalism has to offer.'more >>The Big City Blog
'...a gorgeous touch, adding a shimmering, sustained richness...'more >>American Record Guide
'Kuniko is an exciting and expressive percussionist...'more >>Phile-Web
'successful in creating new dimensions'more >>L'Union
"...pour finir ce furent des applaudissements nombreux et enthousiastes."more >>Sunday Times
"Her lissome presence was all-dominating"more >>The Arts Desk
'phenomenal'more >>Audiophile Audition
'Kuniko is quite a percussionist.'Time Out Tokyo
'Kuniko has since established herself as one of the world's foremost interpreters of Reich's percussion pieces...'more >>Music Web International
'[it] has an attractive sound and energy.'more >>CKUA Radio
'...music brimming with vitality and carefree energy, the sound of nature in motion.'more >>Musica Magazine
A glowing review from the Italian magazine Musicamore >>The Music Cube
"If you're looking for something cool and modern, (but still accessible and easy on the ears) I definitely recommend Kuniko Plays Reich."more >>The Scotsman
"It is her direct collaboration with Reich...that adds sheen to the multi-tracked finished article."more >>The Nottingham Post
"...a superb album."more >>The Observer
"It's a hypnotic and strangely calming experience."more >>Words and Music
"Kuniko expresses this beautifully."more >>
01 October 2016
01 October 2016Gifu Collection of Modern Arts
, 4-2-5, Higashi-machi, Tajimi-city Gifu 507-0801 Japan
Celebrating Steve Reich at 80
09 October 2016
09 October 2016Hearty Center Hall,
, Aisho, Shiga, Japan
19 October 2016
19 October 2016Himi Sports Arena
, Toyama, Japan
29 October 2016
30 October 2016Saitama Arts Theatre
, Saitama Japan
10 January 2017
10 January 2017Blair School of Music
, Nashville TN, U.S.A.
15 January 2017
15 January 2017Zipper Hall
, Los Angeles CA, U.S.A.
18 January 2017
18 January 2017Kanagawa Kenmin Hall
, Yokohama, Japan
20 January 2017
20 January 2017Toyohashi Arts Theatre PLAT
, Japan, Aichi