Last night, Andrew and I went to see Kiriku, a group that our friend described as “the best handbell ensemble in the world”. After just a couple of songs, we knew just what he meant! The members of Kiriku are all excellent musicians, and their musical sensitivity and communication were phenomenal.
I especially enjoyed the variety of music they performed, and seeing the different ways they used their bells to produce sound. Their repertoire ranged from classical to traditional Japanese to “Georgia on My Mind” (complete with Louis-Armstrong-esque noodling after the phrases. Sweet!) In short, Kiriku’s show is an absolute must-see. If you can’t make it to any of Kiriku’s East Coast Tour Dates, here’s a video for you to check out.