Following their acclaimed 2004 Cantaloupe debut, Sō Percussion has completed its biggest project so far: an entirely new recording of Steve Reich‘s epic Drumming, made in an entirely new way. This is the first recording of its kind, in which the 4 members of Sō perform all nine separate percussion parts while joined by the singers of Reich’s own ensemble. The result is a direct, precise sound, with a clarity that illuminates this landmark piece. This CD brings the percussion world’s Beethoven 9th into the 21st century.
“One of the most eloquent and inventive spokesmen in the world of minimalist music, Reich became intrigued with rhythm at an early age; his interest in Asian and African music came later. Drumming, the development of a single rhythmic figure inspired by Reich’s experiences in Ghana, helped make him a celebrated figure and has been widely performed. It would be hard to imagine a more persuasive performance than So Percussion’s; accurate, engaged and rich in vitality. Rarely does Western percussion sound so varied.”
-R.M. Campbell, Seattle Post Intelligencer
“The four member So Percussion’s new CD of Steve Reich’s Drumming can safely be described as definitive.”
“Brilliantly recorded version …. Through the magic of studio recording, the young quartet covers all nine parts, lending the music all the supernatural unanimity and precision it demands.”
–Time Out New York
“One will not find a better representation of Drumming on disc.”
-Dave Lewis, All Music Guide