London based composer Dai Fujikura releases a recording of his works made in collaboration with ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble) on Kairos, including several works for guitar. Funded by the Augustine Foundation, "ICE" includes world premiere recordings of the title track for large ensemble, Sparking Orbit for electric guitar and electronics, and Sparks.
NY Times ArtsBeat
"One of two impressive new albums devoted to music by Dai Fujikura (the other, “Ampere,” is available as a download from his own Minabel imprint), this disc emphasizes the guitar in its acoustic and electric guises. Daniel Lippel, an exciting soloist and a key member of the International Contemporary Ensemble, plays above, among and alongside his colleagues, fluttering and roaring in works that allude to Mr. Fujikura’s Japanese heritage while also asserting his cosmopolitan style; especially appealing is “ice,” a dazzling concerto for ensemble with a haunting coda for bass flute." - Steve Smith