KUNIKO - kuniko plays reich - Time Out Tokyo
13 June 2011Time Out Tokyo
'This small girl plays so powerfully,' marveled Steve Reich the first
time he saw Kuniko Kato perform one of his pieces. Fortunately, the
Japanese percussionist - who goes simply by her first name - took it as a
compliment rather than a putdown. Kuniko has since established herself
as one of the world's foremost interpreters of Reich's percussion
pieces, first with the Brussels-based Ictus Ensemble and more recently
as a solo performer. Her new album, Kuniko Plays Reich
features her own arrangements of 'Electric Counterpoint', 'Six Marimbas'
and 'Vermont Counterpoint', devised in collaboration with the composer
himself, and with Kuniko overdubbing the various parts. Live, she
repeats the trick by playing with a backing track - not an ideal
solution, perhaps, but we suspect she'll be able to pull it off.
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