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Donald Womackstrung outviolin and koto ヴァイオリンと箏12:002007
Recorded on Walk Across the Surface of the Sun (Albany Records)

The title refers to the notion of the two string instruments stepping outside of their traditional settings. Both koto and violin find themselves in unusual roles; raging, driving, spitting out notes. Following a slow intro, near-constant cross-rhythms and metric displacement make for a bristling textural tension — as well as a challenge for the players. The piece is perhaps best described by the words of one violinist, who aptly put it, “I feel like I’m playing electric guitar in Japanese!”