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Zofo - Terry Riley: Cinco de Mayo
Robert M. Greenberg
ZOFO performing live in Brisbane, Australia
ZOFO Q&A with Musica Viva Australia


Interview with KMFA's John Clare
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1 Etude from the Old Country
2 Jaztine
3 Tango Doble Ladiado
4 Half-Wolf Dances Mad in Moonlight
5 Simone's Lullaby
6 G Song
7 Praying Mantis Rag
8 Waltz for Charismas
9 Cinco de Mayo
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ZOFO is at it again, this time with an all Terry Riley album, which includes original compositions, arrangements and a special commission by the duet. It is quite evident in this music that the composer and the performers were personally engaged in the making of this electrifying project. From the very beginning, Terry Riley worked in collaboration with ZOFO in the making of this album. Mr. Riley himself said: "There is nothing quite like hearing the full 8 octaves of a piano sounding in all its orchestral richness." He certainly makes full use of the sounds of the piano in the pieces originally written for piano-four-hands, from The Heaven Ladder, Book 5, which include the varying "Cinco de Mayo," "Jaztine," "Waltz for Charismas," "Tango Doble Ladiado," and "Etude From the Old Country." Keisuke arranged "G Song" and "Half-Wolf Dances Mad in Moonlight," which were originally composed for the Kronos Quartet, and Eva arranged "Simone's Lullaby," originally for solo piano. The arrangements were both challenging and fun to create, but ZOFO managed to keep the transparency and flavor of Riley's originals while exemplifying the unique potential for four-hand piano. The "Praying Mantis Rag" was composed especially for ZOFO, and actively illustrates their vibrant character as a duet.

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