The pioneering classical percussionist Colin Currie launches his own label with a recording of Steve Reich’s iconic Drumming, performed by the Colin Currie Group and released worldwide on March 9, 2018. Colin Currie Records is a platform for the soloist’s diverse projects, celebrating the extraordinary developments for percussion music over the past century.
Drumming was the piece which launched the Colin Currie Group, a virtuoso ensemble of musicians hand-picked by Currie. Formed in 2006 for a performance at the BBC Proms celebrating the 70th birthday of Steve Reich, the group specialises in the American composer’s work. This recording was made possible by a crowd-funding campaign, which Reich enthusiastically endorsed, saying “It will be, I am sure, the best recording of Drumming ever made!”
Dating from 1971, Drumming is an epic work for nine percussionists, two vocalists and a piccolo player, and employs Reich’s trademark phasing technique. Over four connected parts, the composer explores different instrument groups, first focusing on bongo drums, then marimbas and glockenspiels before the complete ensemble come together for the piece’s climax.
The Colin Currie Group was formed in 2006 to celebrate the music of Steve Reich and made its five-star debut at the BBC Proms. Since then, with Reich’s personal endorsement, Currie and his ensemble have taken on the role of ambassadors of Drumming, which they have performed at many venues and festivals internationally. Currie is Artist in Association at London’s Southbank Centre, where he was the focus of a major percussion festival Metal Wood Skin in 2014 and continues to perform there every season. Currie is also Artist in Residence with Oregon Symphony Orchestra 2015/16 -2017/18. The three season residency includes annual performances with Oregon Symphony Orchestra, extensive education and outreach work, and this season sees the world premiere of Andy Akiho’s Percussion Concerto in April 2018, conducted by Carlos Kalmar. Distributed by LSO Live and its partners worldwide, Colin Currie Records is a platform for the soloist's diverse projects, celebrating the extraordinary developments for percussion music over the past century.
TOUR SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS 2018
Mar 10 Saffron Walden, UK - Saffron Hall
Mar 24 Washington, DC - Library of Congress
Apr 7-9 Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Apr 19 London, UK - Southbank Centre
May 5 Antwerp, Netherlands - Queen Elizabeth Hall
Currie has recorded many concerto, recital and chamber works including Borrowed Time featuring music by Dave Maric (Onyx) and a Bartók recital album featuring the Sonata for two pianos and percussion Sz110 with Cédric Tiberghien and Sam Walton (Hyperion).