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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Momo Kodama: Point and Line

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Born in Japan, but educated in Europe, the internationally acclaimed classical pianist Momo Kodama is a formidable doyenne of the piano, someone who has built a career both on performing a wide repertoire from various Classical and Romantic periods and more contemporary works. It's a career that has been built on upending tradition as she pushed this instrument into fresh and varied music worlds. In an interesting way, the composers whose work she has recorded for this album, Claude Debussy, ...

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Kodama Trio: Kodama Trio

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Funny how groups come together. The Kodama Trio, resident in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is comprised of three individuals from completely different backgrounds and completely different parts of the country. Pianist Robert Muller, originally from Portland, OR, has spent time in New York City and Copenhagen. A former student of Andrew Hill at Portland State University, Muller is a supremely open-minded musician who's played a lot of jazz, but has also worked extensively with hip hop artist Pete Miser, ace ...

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Momo Kodama: La Vallee Des Cloches

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Japan-born and France-educated pianist Momo Kodama is perfectly at home on La vallée des cloches, as she brings her signature, sublime approach to the interpretation of three introspective 20th century gems. The compositions go from impressionistic to more abstract, both within themselves and throughout the record. Maurice Ravel's five-movement suite “Miroirs," dedicated to various members of his artistic group Les Apaches, opens the album. Kodama punctuates the nocturnal, undulating “Noctuelles" with splashes of bright note clusters, like the ...