Kuniko Kato Solo Concert features the UK premier of one of her new works, The world of Steve Reich and Arvo Part, and her participation in Universal Marimba Competition in Belgium as a judge and lecturer of a master class.
Kuniko Kato commenced her attempts to master minimalist music with percussion instruments in 2009. In 2012, she recorded New York Counterpoint, which completed the series of four Counterpoint works by Steve Reich. Kuniko then went on to perform works by Arvo Pärt, through which she demonstrated the various sound qualities and potential of percussion instruments, giving depth to ultimate minimalism. Her works consist of the overdubbing of her own prerecorded music. During live performance, she plays alongside her prerecorded pieces. Seamless series of sounds and carefully composed programming allows for the sound to resonate like a vortex within the concert hall.
Kuniko Kato is one of the most distinguished percussionists in Japan. She has worked with various groups including Ensemble Nomad, Saito Kinen Orchestra, and Ensemble Ictus (Belgium). Kuniko has also received a number of awards including the Kranichstein Award at the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music, and the 12th Keizo Saji Prize awarded by the Suntory Foundation for Arts. In 2011, Kuniko released Kuniko Plays Reich globally via Linn Records (UK). The album features works of Steve Reich including his Counterpoint works arranged into a percussion version. She has since been invited to perform at international music festivals across the world as a guest performer.
Kuniko has exhibited her many talents by working with dance music directors including Rosas, Miyako Kato, and Megumi Nakamura, by creating joint works with theater director Satoshi Miyagi, and by producing theme music for the television program NHK Art Theatre.
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Lichfield Cathedral, Lady Chapel (Lichfield Festival)
Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham, UK (Cheltenham Music Festival)
Emperor Hall, Sint-Truiden, Belgium (Universal Marimba Competition and Festival)