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Tom Huizenga
National Public Radio, December 2017

NPR Music’s Top 10 Classical Albums of 2017: #10

Some albums carry that roll-down-the-car-window-and-blast-it kind of vibe. Beyond is the opposite. It’s a late night, lights down, headphone-friendly adventure into fascinating musical landscapes. Throughout five compositions spanning almost 90 minutes, one barely realizes it’s just four guys banging on things. Beyond is—beside a deep listening experience—“beyond” your standard percussion ensemble album. It’s also a great introduction to some of today’s most distinctive young composers. The journey emerges quietly with Daniel Bjarnason’s Qui Tollis, unfolding with delicately trembling bells, interrupted by a burst of electronics and drums. Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Aura channels rumbling, subterranean emissions and silence, while Andrew McIntosh’s I Hold the Lion’s Paw, a 40-minute suite, travels over vast geography, searching, sometimes with a little swing in its step. Memory Palace, by Christopher Cerrone, offers a kind of Pictures at an Exhibition suite of disparate, continually fascinating portraits, deploying everything from 17 tuned slats of wood and an acoustic guitar to metal pipes, a Tibetan singing bowl and a beer growler. For those wary of albums by percussion ensembles, Beyond is an immensely satisfying place to jump in. © 2017 National Public Radio

Dan Morgan
MusicWeb International, December 2017

This has been the year of the DSD/DXD download, and Beyond, a collection of contemporary pieces played by the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, is one of the most immersive recordings I’ve heard in ages. The passion and commitment of this group is beyond doubt, and Sono Luminus have done them—and the music—proud. © 2017 MusicWeb International

John Quinn
MusicWeb International, October 2017

Beyond is a fascinating, ear-opening experience. The pieces are all inventive and full of interest. The members of the LAPQ play with subtlety, flair, imagination and jaw-dropping virtuosity. As for the Sono Luminus recording, it’s a triumph for producer Dan Merceruio and the engineering team of Daniel Shores and David Angell. The instruments are recorded with stunning realism and presence. Even in the straightforward stereo image you get a fine sense of perspective and space. It’s a long time since I’ve been so excited by the technical side of a recording. This release has really stretched my listening boundaries and for that I’m very thankful. Bravo! © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Dan Morgan
MusicWeb International, September 2017

Beyond excels in every sphere: this well-chosen programme brims with fine music and impassioned musicianship, all presented in sound that will delight audiophiles, percussionistas and music lovers everywhere. Of course, such repertoire presents as much of a challenge to one’s audio system as it does to the engineers.

Jaw-dropping; the best thing I’ve heard all year. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Andy Jurik
PopMatters, August 2017

With its ambitious programming and album cover of a washed out city skyline, Beyond is a solid statement about the musical links between location and modern language. While the programming selection occasionally overindulges in abstract atmospheres, the music itself is never pretentious or overtly academic. An excellent addition to the new music canon, Beyond also has the potential to turn new listeners, those otherwise adverse to anything related to modern classical music, on to relevant new musical languages and experiences. © 2017 PopMatters Read complete review

Daniel Barbiero
Avant Music News, July 2017

With their vast array of standard and non-standard percussion instruments, The Los Angeles Percussion Quartet—Matt Cook, Justin DeHart, Cory Hills and Nick Terry—positively revels in timbral variety. Not only vibes, drums, marimba and glockenspiels, which they strike, bow and rub, but metal sheets; pipes and planks; struck and bowed vessels containing water; and a miscellany of objects too idiosyncratic to mention. And in the five compositions they realize in Beyond, their third album, they show a sensitivity to the way space helps define sound by clarifying structure.

…an uncluttered play of rhythms and colors that rewards patient listening. © 2017 Avant Music News Read complete review

Robert Benson, July 2017

During its six-year history, the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet has gained a solid reputation as an ensemble of virtuoso players who focus on new music particularly by composers from California. Members of the quartet are Matt Cook, Justin DeHart, Nick Terry, and Cory Hills. …All of this is…provocative, challenging listening. …Engineers have captured the wide range of sounds perfectly. All of this music is worthy of investigation, and it is presented here in sonic purity. © 2017 Read complete review

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