Boomkat Product Review:
The first recording of Miragique performed by Kaoru Tashiro, premiered in Vienna in 2021.
"This second project released on Sub Rosa by the Japanese artist Kaoru Tashiro, manages to create a subtle dialogue between four composers, and four musical pieces, mixing a delicate blend of Japanese and European sensibilities. Those different approaches convergence thanks to the highly recognisable sensibility of Kaoru Tashiro's way to play........Kaoru produces serene, yet rich sound texture; the fluctuation of beat and the perspective of the motif are ingenious.
After 'drifting' through unpublished pieces from Toshi Ichiyanagi (Fluxus) and Claude Ledoux on the album Cloud Atlas, Kaoru Tashiro is now highlighting the works of :
Kenji Sakai dilates space through a virtuoso piece, Reflecting Space I - Bell, Cloud and Disincarnations, based on the idea of the metamorphosis of classical repertoires: it is Le Gibet from Gaspard de la nuit by Maurice Ravel and Gyorgy Ligeti's thoughts on 'micropolyphony' writing. The bell which continues to ring over time, turns into a cloud...
Claude Ledoux, already present on the first disc, is wandering through mysterious, disquieting landscapes, that gives pride of place to the hushed sounds coming from the piano strings, hammered and muffled by the imprint of the pianist's fingers.
Jean-Pierre Deleuze whom creates through this piano composition a dreamlike space that unfolds.
Julia Purgina, a young Austrian composer, whose piece that was composed in full confinement, turned out to be 'dark', as she attempted to create an atmosphere of an almost surreal expressivity between exaltation and pessimism."