Nominated in the Contemporary Music and Recording categories at Japan's Record Academy Awards
'These are meticulous and muscular performances, at once elemental and elegant. Brilliant.' The Sunday Times
'The profound musical intelligence of both Xenakis and kuniko come thru in this wild percussive work...' Audiophile Audition
'...an impressive multi-tracked performance of Xenakis' four-movement Pleaides...Kuniko passes this rite triumphantly.' Gramophone
'...the delicacy and sway are enticing... Kuniko plays with a subdued, affectionate touch.' The Guardian
'Her thrilling performance of this remarkable piece (Pléïades) is astonishingly confident and absolutely hypnotic.' SA-CD.net
'Listeners who are coming to Xenakis for the first time may find the percussion works quite accessible, and they will appreciate the precision and power of Kato's virtuosic playing. Highly recommended.' AllMusic.com
'Her use of differing timbre and volume adds a tactile feature to the performances that is very effective. Kuniko's performances are celebratory.' All About Jazz
Full of challenges, from the pioneering mathematical influences, to unusual notation and virtuosic performance requirements, many classify Xenakis' compositions as unplayable, but KUNIKO's unrivalled prowess sees her perfectly realise the composer's vision. Pléïades explores a rich variety of percussive sounds and textures; marimba, vibraphone, xylophone, xylo-marimba and drums create a sound world of rhythmic complexity and vibrant colours. Uniquely, Pléïades also requires a SIXXEN, an instrument designed by Xenakis and customised by KUNIKO, who hand-selected 120 metal bars to craft the perfect sound.
Since becoming a percussion soloist, Rebonds is a piece that KUNIKO has been playing and performing throughout her entire career. After hearing this performance of Xenakis' popular piece, renowned percussionist Sylvio Gualda congratulated KUNIKO on her 'marvellous' interpretation.
NPR Music also named Rebonds B as one of its 'Favourite Songs of 2015' stating: 'Japanese percussionist Kuniko Kato savors the hypnotic groove in the Greek composer's uniquely intense aesthetic'.
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'Kuniko's third album for Linn is a thrilling and atmospheric recording of pieces by Xenakis, and a fine test of speed and resolution.'Audiophile Audition
'The profound musical intelligence of both Xenakis and kuniko come thru in this wild percussive work...'more >>BR Klassik ‚,Leporello‘‘
,,Kuniko ist eine Tänzerin an ihren Perkussionsinstrumenten – man spürt ihre Körperspannung zwischen den Tönen, man fühlt, wie sie im Raum nach den einzelnen Klängen greift. Jede Bewegung ist genau bemessen, und so arbeitet sie mit jedem Takt die Schönheit der Musik des großen Klang-Architekten Xenakis heraus.''more >>Gramophone
'Kuniko passes this rite triumphantly. Her effortless, glitch-free technique and ability to manipulate mallets and sticks to seemingly coax melodies from non-melodic instruments are bound to humble aspiring and established percussionists alike.'more >>Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review
'Kuniko's performance is unparalleled, as is the work.'more >>Crescendo Magazine
'jeu éblouissant'more >>The Sunday Times
'These are meticulous and muscular performances, at once elemental and elegant. Brilliant.'more >>The Guardian
'Kuniko takes on the 1978 dance score Pléïades, and treats its effervescent textures to a loose, sensual swing.'more >>AllMusic
Editor's Choice: 'Highly recommended.'more >>PS Audio
'It's beautifully elastic-loopy, in every sense of the word-and it may make you smile.'more >>SA-CD.net
'Her thrilling performance of this remarkable piece [Pléïades] is astonishingly confident and absolutely hypnotic.'more >>ArtistXite
‘Japanese percussionist Kuniko transforms Iannis Xenakis’ challenging percussion music into a plastic, three-dimensional and hypnotic musical experience.’Blouin Art Info
'...a totally fulfilling, all encompassing experience.'more >>NPR Music ‘Deceptive Cadence’
Songs We Love: 'A terrific all-Xenakis affair.'more >>All About Jazz
'Kuniko's performances are celebratory.'more >>Image HiFi
,,Auch eine neue Aufnahme von Kuniko bei Linn setzt ein audiophiles Glanzlicht.''more >>
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