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Mark Sullivan
All About Jazz, June 2017

An electro-acoustic soundscape with solo percussion, written specifically for Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche. The electronic part includes contemporary electronic sounds, Alaskan field recordings, and other found sounds from the natural world. The percussion part employs three stations: the first with concert bass drum; the second with seven suspended cymbals and tam tam; and the third with eight tom toms, two bass drums, eight cymbals, bell cymbals, wind gongs, and crotales.

Once again the piece employs percussion to create a wide range of textures and moods. “Descent” uses the concert bass drum for a tribal beat, while “Under The Ice” and “The Sunken Gamelan” both feature quiet cymbal sounds—bowed, scraped, and slow washes with beaters. In fact the composition as a whole moves from loud to soft. “Untune The Sky” tends towards a low rumble, with rolling cymbals and clattering drums, while the closing “Ascension” is a slow fade-out. © 2017 All About Jazz



Charles T. Downey
The Washington Post, February 2016

Kotche’s virtuosic part on the drum set leads the listener through an electronic sound world created by Adams… © 2016 The Washington Post Read complete review



Donald Rosenberg
Gramophone, January 2016

Glenn Kotche…illuminates the wondrous and multifaceted percussion colours and effects. There are times when the sonic line between percussion and electronics is completely blurred—a testament to Kotche’s nuanced artistry and Adams’s compositional magic… © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Christian Carey
Sequenza21.com, December 2015

…one of 2015’s finest releases: recommended. © 2015 Sequenza21.com Read complete review




Andrew Clements
The Guardian, November 2015

…[Adams] and Kotche create a work of great power and often surprising, stark beauty. © 2015 The Guardian Read complete review



Daniel Stephen Johnson
WQXR (New York), November 2015

…an immersive, mesmerizing, and deeply musical journey for the listener, as well as a spectacular vehicle for a pivotal talent from the world of rock. © 2015 WQXR (New York) Read complete review





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