Colin Currie Group and Synergy Vocals Perform Steve Reich
10 Nov 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM
“Colin Currie Group's own recording, honed through long performance practice, brings you into a magic circle where every impact is precisely heard, every overtone burnished.” BBC Music Magazine, Jun 2018
“An alluring blend of sonorities…The percussionists and the wordless voices of Synergy Vocals alike come across with a vivid presence.” Financial Times, Apr 2018
“The Colin Currie Group’s performance is nothing short of a powerhouse...a visceral thrill: epic, cathartic, and (perhaps especially for pure percussion music) profoundly touching.” Arts Fuse, Apr 2018
“A Drumming for this decade – and probably a few to come, too.” Editor's Choice, Gramophone, Apr 2018
“Another performance that knocked my socks off was Colin Currie and his group doing Drumming at the South Bank [in London] this year. It was miked up high, it was expressionist, it was a brand new take. And I thought, Oh, we never could have done it that way.” Steve Reich on the Colin Currie Group, Irish Times
Hailed by Steve Reich as “one of the greatest musicians in the world today” (Herald Scotland), the Colin Currie Group, together with Synergy Vocals, bring their “thunderously exciting” (The Times) version of Steve Reich’s seminal work Drumming to Singapore in their first-ever live performance in Southeast Asia.
Colin Currie Group is a virtuosic ensemble that specialises in the music of Steve Reich. Their performances of Reich’s music have been hailed by the composer as “the best I’ve ever heard” (Tehillim, Tokyo 2017).
Led by Colin Currie (“the world’s finest and most daring percussionist” – Spectator), the handpicked group was formed in 2006 for a performance of Drumming at the BBC Proms to celebrate the 70th birthday of Steve Reich. Since then, they have expanded their repertoire to include many of Reich’s most popular works, including Music for 18 Musicians, Tehillim and Music for Pieces of Wood and are privileged to have the frequent presence of the composer when rehearsing and performing these works.
The group’s highly anticipated recording of Drumming was released on Colin Currie Records in Spring 2018 after a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise funds, fully supported by Steve Reich who said “it will be, I am sure, the best recording of Drumming ever made”.
The Colin Currie Group has appeared in concert at major halls and festivals worldwide, having made their international debut at Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall in 2012 and their European debut at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. Recently, the group went on to give three performances of Reich’s music at the Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris at the request of the composer himself. They will be joined by singers from Synergy Vocals, a vocal group specialising in close-microphone singing and often associated with the music of Steve Reich, John Adams, Louis Andriessen, Steven Mackey and Luciano Berio.
Reich: Music for Pieces of Wood
Reich: Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ (performed with Synergy Vocals)
Reich: Drumming (performed with Synergy Vocals)
Esplanade Concert Hall
1 Esplanade Drive