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Reviews for ZOFOMOMA

 

"ZOFO is much more than the 20-finger orchestra their name represents. Their amazing synergy and synchronicity is always at the service of this captivating program, which is well worth a look as well as a listen."

- LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE

 

"This sampler approach offers greatest satisfaction as a showpiece for the exceptional and diverse pianistic skills of Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi."

- THE AUSTRALIAN

 

"Four hands, 20 fingers, two bodies, one piano, and what appears to be a single marvellous musical mind makes ZOFO the most exciting pair of performers Brisbane has seen in a long time – if ever!... Nakagoshi and Zimmermann duet with their bodies as well as their hands, occasionally winding themselves into a supple interlock while their fingers interpret the composer's vision with such command o f the keyboard that you know, as a member of the audience, that you are witnessing something new and extraordinary in musical performance."

- YOUR TIME MAGAZINE

 

"It is fun to watch Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi play the piano... Both are charismatic performers who deploy flourishes of foot stomping and vocalisation in crescendos of tension, occasionally manipulating the internal strings of the piano to various effect. It’s a creative and jubilant spectacle to behold."

- PERFORMING ARTSHUB

 

"This Mussorgsky revision proved to be very engaging, not least for the duo itself which is a collaboration that works without any indications of exhibitionism or trite legerdemain... Zimmerman and Nakagoshi handled each of the bespoke compositions with equal deference and dedication, their labour-sharing a pleasure to witness for its certainty and purpose."

- O'CONNELL THE MUSIC

 

"On a grand scale, ZOFOMOMA is its own genre in world music... But on a human scale, the interwoven artistry of Eva-Maria Zimmerman and Keisuke Nakagoshi – four hands on one piano, overlapping, dancing attendance and completing one another’s phrases – presents such a close understanding in tone and tempi that the intimacy becomes a shared experience."

- THE WEST AUSTRALIAN

 

"ZOFOMOMA was not just an ordinary concert. It was a collaboration of modern art and music concepts, between contemporary modern artists and composers from around the world. More than anything, it showed us the true purpose of attending live performances: that we can use each of our senses to experience, explore, and appreciate the beauty of music and art; and sometimes, challenge our own definitions and assumptions at the same time."

- CUT COMMON MAGAZINE

 


 

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"ZOFO's feisty performances surge with athletic precision, always mindful of how much joy there is in the music."

- WASHINGTON POST


"...dazzling..."

- LOS ANGELES TIMES

"What happens when you sit two internationally acclaimed solo pianists down at one piano? ...you get something energetically and electrifyingly out of this world."

- BACHTRACK

It was clear from this performance alone that ZOFO have talent and artistry in abundance and over the coming years, they will surely add to their GRAMMY Award nominations, prestigious competition achievements and distinguished concert venue debuts... read more 


"...jaw-dropping awesome!"

- SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER

 

"There was something sensual and almost erotic about watching these two pianists weave upper limbs while performing so seamlessly as one."

- SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE 

In five years of existence the dynamic piano duo ZOFO has racked up two GRAMMY nominations and a competition win. Perhaps more impressively, they’ve given 11 world premieres of commissioned works. They brought the latest of these, by William Bolcom, to Morrison Artists Series at SFSU on Sunday afternoon, while dazzling the audience in a program of contemporary works. All told, ZOFO has chemistry that makes musical and dramatic sparks ferociously fly....read more 


"ZOFO delivers the recital with technical elan and expressive spontaneity"

- BALTIMORE SUN

 

"Believe me, with the rapturous noise that these two make, with infinite gradations of perfectly placed dynamics, you will experience the piano in a whole new way."

- AUDIOPHILE AUDITION

This astounding album completely took me by surprise. Normally I am averse—or at least highly suspicious—of piano four-hands, but ZOFO, or better yet, pianists Eva-Marie Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi knocked my socks off with this recording...read more 

 

"...vibrant, beautifully blended playing"

- SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

The dynamic Bay Area piano duo of Keisuke Nakagoshi and Eva-Maria Zimmermann follows up its GRAMMY-nominated "Mind Meld" with a new CD marked by brilliant sound and a suave deployment of four hands at one piano...read more 

 

 

"Four-hands-one-piano performances are a dime a dozen, but not the ZOFO way...Simply gorgeous."

- SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE

The pianists have their distinct voices, but the combination is an integrated whole, similar to a great orchestra's fusion of individual instruments...read more  

 

"The sound quality is excellent, spacious and clear. Recommended."

- FANFARE MAGAZINE

The best parts of this program are the pieces originally intended for the medium. Debussy’s languorous Épigraphs Antiques are ideal for this duo, which responds winningly to the subtle colors and delicacy of the writing. I would go so far as to say this is the finest recording I know of this sensual work...read more 

 

 

"Promises to be the highpoint of next spring"

 -SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER REVIEW, MOSH PIT PRE-RELEASE CONCERT

Today’s program presented a variety of dance-related compositions, each with its own characteristic style...Nakagoshi and Zimmermann had no trouble getting into the spirit of things, even with a bit of their own dance moves as they changed places for the middle section and then back again for the return of the rumba...read more 

 

Best CDs of the Year 

- MICHAEL ZWIEBACH, SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE

"I’m really happy that this duo-piano team, which SFCV has been following for some time, was recognized with a Grammy nomination. This ingratiating, virtuosic CD, which ends with an arrangement of The Rite of Spring, is worth more than one listen"...read more 

 

"Their performance was beyond brilliant."

- SLOAN MACRAE, MANAGING AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, PERFORMING ARTS LIVE, SHENANDOAH CONSERVATORY

 

"Every recital they give never fails to astonish, but just as important is that every program they prepare has at least one item that never fails to amuse."

-SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER

The composition that best serves up astonishment and amusement in equal measure it most likely “Let’s play a duet!” by Tomohiro Moriyama, (with its) intricate choreography of hand and arm crossings...read more 

 
  
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ZOFOMOMA is here!
Gramophone nod

12/7/2015 (London)


 

Gramophone Magazine features ZOFO Plays Terry Riley in Critics Choice issue, Favorite Recordings of 2015.

 

AUDIO SAMPLES

> Etude from the Old Country
> Jaztine
> Half-Wolf Dances Mad in Moonlight
> Simone's Lullaby
> G Song
> Cinco de Mayo

 

VIDEO:  ZOFO on Terry Riley

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