Third Coast Percussion | Steve Reich


*2017 GRAMMY Award – Best Chamber Music/ Small Ensemble Performance
Album of the Week – 
Q2 Music, WQXR, New York
Album of the Week – Second Inversion,  KING-FM, Seattle

“Sensational! Sometimes people ask if my music allows interpretation. I can’t think of a better answer than to play them your album.”
-Steve Reich

“Impressively combining creative fearlessness with reverent precision.”
-Helen Wallace, BBC Music Magazine ★★★★★

“Third Coast Percussion get it absolutely right here.”
-Pwyll ap Siôn, Gramophone

“This is a record so translucent and playful that the phrases seem to leap out of your headphones, and individual blocks of wood melt into a blissful flow.”
-Zoë Madonna, The Boston Globe

“It’s above all a sensual approach to tone color that comes through in Third Coast’s take on classic works, whether it’s the relaxed warmth of the Mallet Quartet or the glistening brightness of “Music for Pieces of Wood.”…The ensemble also finds full-blooded drama in the Sextet, which contains within its five movements a world of expressions from impish charm to almost oppressive darkness.”
-Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times

“…their adoration and familiarity with [the music] are palpable in the crisp precision and pulsing energy of their latest performance.”
-Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

“In these performances there is a buoyancy to the perpetually pulsating rhythms in the Mallet Quartet and (above all) the lengthy Sextet that somehow conveys that joy in movement that seems to be what this music is all about….”
-David Hurwitz,

“Third Coast’s ability to gently manipulate time here translates to a listening experience that is both buoyant and penetrating.”
-Doyle Armbrust, Q2 Music, WQXR, New York

“Third Coast and company succeed in creating a sonically cohesive narrative, each instrument carefully balanced against the rest of the group…the musicians glide through timbral changes with the utmost sensitivity and precision.”
-Maggie Malloy, Second Inversion, KING-FM, Seattle

“With crack modern players who have new wrinkles to contribute, this is a fine survey of Reich’s percussion music…and a fitting tribute in the composer’s 80th-birthday year.”
-James Manheim,

“Here we have a terrific collection of some of [Reich’s] imaginative works…. All are played to perfection by the superb Third Coast Percussion group. Absolutely delightful throughout, and the wide-range engineering captures all of the instruments’ beauty. ”
-Robert Benson, Classical CD Review

“Mind-tingling rhythmic lucidity. ”
-Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International

“You can hear in the group’s playing just how easily this music comes to them — the rhythms both loose-limbed and precise, the textures finely worked out but wonderfully natural.”
-Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle

“Their playing is warm, fluid and very human.”
-Jeff Zumfelde, Colorado Public Radio

“This is the greatest percussion disc I have ever heard, both in terms of playing and recording.”
-Graham Rickson,

“The ensemble’s rich resonance, combined with the variety of pitches and shifting dynamics, evokes a kaleidoscopic dithyramb of rare power. ”
-Patrick Rucker, The Washington Post

“The members of Third Coast Percussion play with energy, sensitivity, and warmth; the sound never exhausts. A blast.”
-Robert Levine, Stereophile

Click here to listen to the WNYC New Sounds episode featuring the album

This album features iconic percussion works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steve Reich, whom The Village Voice deemed, “America’s greatest living composer.” Reich’s music has influenced artists ranging from art-pop and rock musicians Brian Eno and David Bowie to composers John Adams and Bang on a Can co-founders Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe.

While most composers now welcome our instruments on the concert stage, only a few have shown audiences how percussion can be absolutely essential. The rhythmic drive, articulated melody, and perpetual cycle of Reich’s music seems to have marimbas and vibraphones in its very DNA, just as John Cage’s music feels unimaginable without drums, tin cans, and an endless variety of noise makers.

Works featured on the album include Mallet Quartet, Sextet, Nagoya Marimbas, and Music for Pieces of Wood.

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