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Donald Rosenberg
Gramophone, March 2017

The live performance here by the wizardly members of Mantra Percussion has a visceral impact that will keep you glued to wherever you’re listening. © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Rick Anderson
Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist, January 2017

Michael Gordon’s Timber is a large-scale work composed for six two-by-fours. If that sounds like a recipe for truly dreary and boring minimalism, think again: these slabs of wood (used liturgically, believe it or not, in Eastern Orthodox worship) can yield a surprisingly wide range of tones and pitches, and Gordon makes extensive use of their range in his piece, which is in many ways reminiscent of Steve Reich’s early work. The second disc in the package consists of remixes of Gordon’s work created by producers and electronic dance artist… © 2017 Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist Read complete review



Daniel Stephen Johnson
WQXR (New York), November 2016

Michael Gordon’s Timber from 2011 was a breakthrough for the composer, fusing the trademarks of his style—experiments with timbre, and with highly complex relationships between layers of rhythm—to a startlingly elegant concept. The piece could have borrowed its title from Steve Reich, whose Music for Pieces of Wood is the obvious point of comparison here, but Timber’s six percussionists execute their elaborate polyrhythms not on conventional percussion instruments but on ordinary 2x4 planks, mounted and beaten with mallets. The result is surprisingly exquisite, an ear-tickling exercise in rhythm and resonance, as the overtones of the vibrating planks sing out in ghostly harmony. © 2016 WQXR (New York) Read complete review





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