“ ... a young international percussion quartet who expanded the acoustic possibilities of percussion instruments by an entire dimension and at the same time fizzed with so much unorthodox energy and virtuoso playing. ...” “Via Nova were impressive playing as a group thanks to their rare discipline and perfection. ... Alexander Kamenarov, Georgi Varbanov, Rupert Struber and Johannes Eder always conveyed both dedication to and pleasure in the music.”
“How the four surrender themselves to the rush of speed on the marimbas with “Bulgarian Folksongs” is perhaps “crazy” ... Since the ear can no longer follow these furious, complicated rhythms, you try to rely on your eyes and keep up with the flying drumsticks. The only result of which is that you quickly feel dizzy ...”
[Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten]
"The programme continued in the evening with the acclaimed performance of the percussion quartet Via Nova..... The two Bulgarians and the two
Austrians dazzled their audience with "crooked bar" dances and virtuoso pieces"
"... when Alexander Kamenarov, Georgi Varbanov, Rupert Struber and John Eder are in action, it is clear that what you get are four men obsessed with sound. ...As a listener, you are submerged in hypnotic rhythms, and listen to the various shades of the Bulgarian Tapan - a drum that is played on both sides, as in the dance "Za Barabani", or you let yourself go as you imagine the sunrise over the Black Sea. They are as well-synched as the transmission of a limousine, despite tricky polyphony their performance is earth-shattering, the sharp accents are chiselled and their virtuosity with marimba and vibraphones is as breath-taking as a Formula One car..."
"A strong start, finished off in the evening with a bang. The four use absolutely anything that can be used to produce a sound and rhythm, including special effects. Sound and light flash and crackle in the sound choreography for lighters by Emmanuel Séjourné... and the fine Tischmusik by Thierry de Mey, table and cloth are tapped, beaten and stroked in a delightful performance."
[Landeszeitung für die Lüneburger Heide]___________________________________
“ ... compared with the metrical complexity of this music, compared with the bursting energy of these fireworks of rhythmic invention, Western music looks fairly pale. Four drums, played in a kind of ritual dance, suffice for an unbelievably rich piece of music, an explosion that gets the hall rocking.”
[Donau Kurier Ingolstadt]
“In ‘La Tempesta di mare’ flautist Michael Martin Kofler
bathed in the sounds of the “Via Nova” percussion group,
whose four members struck and stroked the instruments,
which was a joy.”
“The audience went wild. Three standing ovations provided encores, one more exciting than the last. A superlative evening of percussion! We hope to hear you again soon, musicians of the Via Nova Percussion Group!”
“What a world of sound full of secrets
a percussion ensemble can create...”
“You could hardly play Bach better on percussion instruments...”
“fantastic, witty, explosive”