Originally Posted by Connemara
Wait, wait, wait---you freakin' played with Baryshnikov?!
Also active in chamber music, Mr. Attwood has performed with members of the Borromeo and St. Lawrence string quartets, and is a regular collaborator with Mikhail Baryshnikov. He performed with the dancer's White Oak Dance Project and provided music for Mr. Baryshnikov's 2002-2003 solo tour of the U.S. He completed a fourteen-city coast-to-coast tour with Mr. Baryshnikov, with sold-out performances at the Boston Grand Ballet's Grand Studio. The programs, entitled "Solos with Piano...or Not...an Evening of Music and Dance with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Pianist Koji Attwood," began in the summer of 2002 and were performed to benefit the Baryshnikov Arts Center, which opened in the fall of 2005. The tour featured new works choreographed for Mr. Baryshnikov by Cesc Gelabert, Tere O'Connor, Lucinda Childs, and Eliot Feld to the music of Cage, Jaggard, Nancarrow, Berg, and Leon Redbone; Mr. Attwood provided solo interludes and accompaniment for the dances, garnering tremendous critical praise. Nevada-Events remarked that he is "a pianist of rare gifts, both as a solo artist and as a collaborator. Playing solo pieces of Scriabin, Scarlatti, Liszt and Soler, this young pianist was much more than fill. He is a concert pianist with an impeccable technique, a rich tone, and an assured sense of good interpretive taste." The Minneapolis Star-Tribune said he "percolate[d] rapturously... [Baryshnikov and Attwood] displayed lovely chemistry in a performance full of virtuosity, and humor, whimsy and seriousness. Their coordination was so tight that it sometimes seemed as though the dancer's limbs were attached to the musician's notes."
I've been incredibly fortunate to have played with many great musicians, but I can say without any reservation that Misha has been the greatest artist that I've had the privilege, honour and pleasure to work and perform with.