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Barry Guy & Izumi Kimura At The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin

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The last number pitched Guy and Kimura once more into close-knit choreography; impressionistic minimalism soon erupted into jagged dissonance, the two musicians locking in and out of tight unison lines and trading back and forth like sparring heavyweights, Kimura pounding the keys with a vengeance and Guy's bow sawing at the strings mercilessly. The piece climaxed with a spirited joint flurry, signalling an eruption of sustained applause from the appreciative audience.

For several minutes after the performance had ended audience members engaged in lively conversation—a very spontaneous response to the energy and emotional impact of the music. It was a release that spoke volumes of the power of music to provoke, stimulate and animate. It will be fascinating to see if Guy and Kimura develop their musical relationship. On the basis of this stirring performance at the Hugh Lane Gallery these two kindred spirits might have a lot more exceptional things to say together.

Photo Courtesy of Olesya Zdorovetska

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