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Patricia Brennan makes delicate music for mallets

When used in the improvisatory style pioneered by performers such as Lionel Hampton, the vibraphone is traditionally a clanging, percussive, hard-charging instrument. The marimba is arguably best known for providing the hip-shaking backbone for many traditional Latin musics. New York composer Patricia Brennan takes both instruments in more delicate and less sweaty directions. Her debut […]

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Japanese percussionist Midori Takada basks in rediscovery with hypnotic and pummeling music

A little over a year ago, New York label Palto Flats collaborated with Swiss imprint WRWTFWW to reissue Midori Takada’s beautifully meditative 1983 solo album Through the Looking Glass, galvanizing an unlikely comeback, and—for many listeners—a discovery. Takada is an imaginative Japanese percussionist whose work in the 80s and 90s gracefully dissolved lines between free […]