Nana + Victorio is a brief album featuring two compositions by modern composer Peter Garland. It opens with the title track, a solo percussion piece composed in the early '90s and performed by the skilled and experienced William Winant, one of two percussionist to whom the work is dedicated (the other is Christopher Shultis). Commissioned for a dance company, "Nana + Victorio" was written as a homage to the historic Apache chiefs and the traditional music of the U.S. Southwest. It is a slow, six-part work for tom-toms, a water drum, and two rattles. The music is spacious and repetitive -- seemingly simple -- with references to Native American music and hints of Conlon Nancarrow's influence on Garland. The second work heard on this album, "Penasco Blanco" (1984), is a short and pretty number for piano during which the vibes join in to punctuate phrases. It becomes a near-lullaby of recycled, soothing chords, reminiscent of the mood-space created by Garland's later Tzadik release, The Days Run Away.
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AllMusic Review by Joslyn Layne