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“The level of precision and control in the ensemble was as good as anything I’ve seen.”

The Journal of Music reviewed Colin Currie Quartet’s recent performance at Great Music in Irish Houses Festival where they gave the Irish premiere of Kevin Volans’ 4 Marimbas as well as  performances of Xenakis’ Rebonds B, Stockhausen’s Vibra-Elufa and Joseph Pereira’s Mallet Quartet. “It’s easy to see why Reich admires them. The level of precision and control in the ensemble was… Read more »

“The only possible final conclusion: wow!”

Recording: Colin Currie & Steve Reich – Live at Fondation Louis Vuitton (Colin Currie Records), released 12 April 2019 “A strong rhythmic focus is maintained for Music for Pieces of Wood and the more recent Mallet Quartet, where two marimbas provide a rock-steady rhythmic pedal against which two vibraphones overlay a series of complex interlocking patterns. A powerful… Read more »

Colin Currie Quartet perform at Norfolk & Norwich Festival

The Colin Currie Quartet began their summer festival season this month with a performance at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival on 20 May 2019. The programme included Joseph Pereira Mallet Quartet, Xenakis Rebonds B for solo percussion, Stockhausen Vibra – Elufa, Steve Reich Mallet Quartet, Kevin Volans Four Marimbas and Steve Reich Drumming Part 1. The Shift Norwich website reviewed the concert: “The… Read more »

Colin Currie & Steve Reich Album – Out Now!

Colin Currie releases the third recording on his critically acclaimed label on 12 April. Colin Currie & Steve Reich Live at Fondation Louis Vuitton celebrates the percussionist’s artistic relationship with the American cultural icon Steve Reich. Recorded live at Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, 2 & 3 December 2017, the album was programmed and performed at… Read more »

Edinburgh International Festival announces 2019 line-up

The Edinburgh International Festival have announced their line-up for 2019 which features a performance by Colin Currie Group of Sofia Gubaidulina’s concerto for percussion quintet and orchestra, Glorious Percussion. They will be joined by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conductor Thomas Dausgaard for the performance on 8 August in Edinburgh’s Usher Hall. The concert will… Read more »

New Colin Currie & Steve Reich Album Available for Pre-order

Colin Currie & Steve Reich Live at Fondation Louis Vuitton will be released on 12 April and is available for pre-order now. The third album on Colin’s record label celebrates the percussionist’s artistic relationship with the American cultural icon Steve Reich. Recorded live at Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, 2 & 3 December 2017, the album was programmed and… Read more »

Southbank Centre announce Drumming as part of their 2019/20 Season

The Southbank Centre announced its 2019/20 season this week and revealed that the Colin Currie Group will give four special performances of Steve Reich Drumming in the Hayward Gallery on 6 and 7 December as part of the Centre’s International Chamber Music Series. The performances will recreate the piece’s UK premiere, which took place at the Hayward Gallery in 1972, and… Read more »

Summer concert dates announced

The Colin Currie Quartet will perform at the East Neuk Festival, Fife on 29 June this year. Repertoire includes Steve Reich Mallet Quartet and Drumming Part 1, Kevin Volans Four Marimbas  and Graeme Leak Sea Interludes. On 1 July, they perform at London’s Wigmore Hall, this time featuring Joseph Pereira Mallet Quartet and Stockhausen Vibra-Elufa for solo vibraphone along with… Read more »

Drumming features in The Boston Globe’s best classical albums, 2018

The Boston Globe named Drumming as one of their top 11 classical albums of 2018. “Handpicked by adventurous Scottish percussionist Colin Currie, the Steve Reich-specializing percussion ensemble presents an ecstatic rendition of Reich’s minimalist monument on its first album. With gleaming, clear overtones and smart dynamic shifts, this recording absolutely transports.” Click here to see… Read more »

Colin Currie Group return to Cambridge Music Festival

After their highly successful concert with Steve Reich in 2016, the Colin Currie Group returns to Corn Exchange on 21 November as part of the Cambridge Music Festival. The programme includes Reich’s Drumming (part 1), Music for Pieces of Wood and Six Marimbas, which the group performs for the first time. Six Marimbas (1986), is… Read more »