Luis Tinoco’s vibrant new CD Archipelago, released in November on Odradek, featured on BBC Radio 3’s Record Review with Andrew McGregor as part of its ‘New Year, New Music’ season last Saturday, 4th January, with compliments to everyone involved in the creation of the music and album. McGregor gives the CD a top rating: ‘It’s one of the best-recorded percussion ensembles I’ve heard in ages’. McGregor conveys the skill of the composer, the virtuousity of the performers and the expertise of the sound engineers when he says that Tinoco’s music is ‘showcased' in this new album by contemporary percussion ensemble Drumming GP’ and goes on to say: ‘Tinoco's music for them is interesting enough in its own right; you get Mind the Gap for solo marimba, his memories of travelling in London, as well as Genetically Modified Fados, reactions to old recordings of Portuguese (Fado) songs. But the recording itself is demonstration class; so vivid, airy and resonant. The album's called Archipelago; it's new from the Odradek label.’
Playing the opening of ‘Short Cuts’ for two vibraphones and two marimbas, McGregor explains how the ‘idea is that the musical gestures (sharp and cutting) can be set alongside quicker routes to the same destination’.
Archipelago may be ordered from Radio Times CDs, from Presto Music, from Amazon from Radio Times CDs and from many other outlets. The complete review on Record Review may be heard here, about 28 minutes into the programme: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000cz03 .
(10 Jan 2020)