THE SUNDAY TIMES, 257-99
"a ravishingly beautiful section in which flute and vocal line change timbre, intensity and dynamics as they curl around and colour Masago’s melismatic narrative" (Rashomon)."
THE STAGE, 227-99
".....most convincing because of the material, the composition and the brilliance of the interpreters. The British experimental theatre group Vocem performed Alejandro Viñao’s ‘Rashomon’ - an entrancing, intense re-retelling of Akira Kurosawa’s Japanese film classic"
Badisches Tagblatt, 3-11-1997
The most convincing work of the evening comes from the Argentinean composer Alejandro Vinnao. In a tight-knit production by Henry Akina, the brilliant singers of the British vocal theatre troop Vocem dramatically tell anew a classic story: ‘Rashomon’, in a libretto by Craig Raine. The rich sound-collage, inspired by eastern music, really takes off. The work covers new terrain of expressive, potent deployment of the human voice in a rhythmically pronounced way - and exploring the extremes. It will cut a swathe across larger stages than this.
Stuttgarter Zeitung, 4-11-1997
".(Rashomon)... the players or singers of the Vocem Electric Voice Theatre adhere to the prescribed musical process, compete with the sometimes bizarre machinery and produce something truly unprecedented. The human voice does not merely follow pitch or rigid rhythms but becomes, in pursuit of the highest expressiveness, a swichbox of the soul."
Die Rheinpfalz, 3-11-97
Of vocal, instrumental or concrete origin, the material treated by Viñao (Rashomon) always achieves a high degree of dramatic power. It reveals the details with subtlety and projects brilliantly the dominant characters.
Le Monde 29 6-99
Viñao has an unerring sense of drama which keeps the intensity unflagging (Rashomon).
Time Out 77-99
"a lesson familiar from the Noh-drama, less is more, has been learnt to powerful effect." (Rashomon).
THE SPECTATOR, 317-99