Wang Yi-Dong

Copper Idiophones Over the Drums

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Copper Idiophones Over the Drums Review

by Bret Love

A fantastic recording for fans of percussion in general and the Asian sounds of Japanese taiko drum ensemble Kodo in specific, this album takes a modern approach to traditional Chinese percussion instruments. Led by master drummer Wang Yi-Dong, a percussionist for the Chinese National Symphony Orchestra and instructor at the China Music Conservatory, the ensemble runs through an impressive eight-song set that showcases the dazzling virtuosity of the performers and the remarkable flexibility of percussion as a lead instrument. With roots in Chinese classical music and opera, these complex compositions might not appeal to the average listener, but for percussion aficionados, Copper Idiophones Over the Drums is a remarkable recording that proves drums can be a powerful means of artistic expression.

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