Arts Review - The Austin Chronicle 2013 (REVIEWED Y ROBERBT FAIRES)
... as a featured guest soloist of La Folia's harpsichord concerto Concert

“....... In addition to the Bach, he included a contemporary work for four harpsichords and strings by a modern master of the instrument, Asako Hirabayashi. It was a bold departure from the usual stately progressions and rococo runs, and from the first notes – the strings sounding anguished and dissonant – there was no mistaking the era; this was our time. The harpsichords soon followed suit, anxiously plucking odd notes and skittering like spiders, with the occasional lyrical run. The shift in style was initially jarring, but Womer had asked that we keep our minds open, and if you met the work on its own terms, it offered distinct pleasures: the tense curtain of notes that the harpsichords formed in the second movement, behind which a melody took shape, overseen by moody, regretful strings; the third movement's spirited violin part – given charming gypsy flourishes by Veronika Vassileva – and the jaunty race of the harpsichords seemingly recovered from the score of a Sixties British film. Hirabayashi's concerto proved there's life in the old instrument yet – and room for more than Bach in La Follia's Herd. But we think that Johann Sebastian would approve. ”