Album Review

Kim, Ha-Yang “Ama” [Tzadik]

cujo   10/11/2008   A Library

Four works presented by NY cellist Kim.

SAMTAK is played by Kim and percussionist Nathan Davis, together known as the duo Odd Appetite. As the first third of the piece played I feared Tzadik had caved and recorded some New Agey cello & chimes artists. Fortunately this wasn???t the case, as the middle third features some yodelling on the cello and the last third features an memorable Asturias-tinged groove. Alert: scordatura!

LENS is the highlight of the disk and is the only solo offering from Kim. Her cello is amplified and equipped with distortion and wah-wah pedals. The electronics serve to enhance the cello???s sound, and do they ever. Her improvisation morphs into a Teva-tapping Tuvan tanze.

METASMATTER is a small ensemble piece. I didn???t care for it; I blame the writing for woodwinds.

OON is the second meal for Odd Appetite. This time Davis gets more of a chance to shine.

–Cujo, KFJC, Oct 2008

Note: she???s playing at Stanford on Oct 18 as part of the Meredith Monk show.

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