Eidson-Ducwall Recital Hall
Focusing on the music of one composer, in this case the highly revered Hifumi Shimoyama from Japan, gave this concert a cohesiveness not found in most contemporary music concerts. This was not a toe-dip into the unknown waters of Shimoyama's music - it was a headfirst dive. Lucky for the audience, Shimoyama's music is deep enough none of us hit our heads. The players, who were sympathetic to Shimoyama's extended technical demands, made the music meditative and exciting at the same time. Eugenio Urrutia-Borlando's use of mallets inside the piano was done with such intent that it seemed fresh, not overused like it could have. The world premiere of Shimoyama's newest piece, Duplication, for guitar and viola, showed that the composer was still progressing, even at 80 years old.