KUNIKO - kuniko plays reich - The Observer
24 April 2011The Observer
Steve Reich's trademark mesmeric repetitions take on another quality here when they are lifted away from their intended scoring and given to percussion. Japanese virtuoso Kuniko finds new sonorities in Electric Counterpoint
, written for guitars, when transferring it to steel pans, marimba and vibraphone, and brings Vermont Counterpoint
(for flutes) to dazzling, invigorating life on the vibraphone. All these studio works involve vast amounts of pre-recording to refine their pleasing results, none more so than Six Marimbas Counterpoint
which involves five pre-recorded tracks behind a solo line. It's a hypnotic and strangely calming experience.
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