Colin Currie launches his newly created record label, Colin Currie Records, with a recording of Steve Reich’s Drumming, performed by the Colin Currie Group and Synergy Vocals. The album releases on March 9, 2018. The new label kicks off its first release with a concert at Saffron Hall on March 10 in an all-Reich program, including a full performance of Drumming. Drumming was the piece that launched the Colin Currie Group, a virtuoso ensemble of musicians hand-picked by Currie. The recording of Drumming was funded through a successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign. Reich endorsed the album, saying “It is an absolutely amazing recording of Drumming by an ensemble of superb musicians with unstoppable energy.” Watch an excerpt from the recording session here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmlbuRGubrI
Forty years on, Reich’s creation still marks one of minimalism’s peaks. This performance from the Colin Currie Group, seamlessly compiled from a studio session of 32 takes, is thunderously exciting. The recording thrusts us right into the action with Currie and colleagues Synergy Vocals.
—The Times (London)