“Your playing is wonderful!!!!” Hubert Laws
Appropriately, Hubert Laws asked Nika to perform the musical tribute for his Lifetime Achievement Award. There are few times when something occurs in musical shows that is so far out, so far above and beyond, that other musicians shake their heads in wonder. That is the way it is when Nika Rejto plays the flute.
No, she doesn’t simply play it, she makes love to it, she makes it melt with deep emotion, she makes it an instrument of madness with thrilling trills, rapid fire staccato, and more than anything, the clearest, mellowest sound that may ever have emanated from a flute. And, she does the same thing with a piccolo.
This is no ordinary working of an instrument to produce sound, it is a thrill-inducing experience for audiences as she throws her head back, plays toward the sky, twists and dips with the beat and the mood. Dr. Herb Wong, long time Bay Area impresario got it right, “She had an audience of over 2,000 in her hand—It was very obvious we had a major musician on stage.”
Nika Rejto is a master performer who is equally comfortable with classical fugues, including her own compositions, and jazz standards and ballads explored in fascinating new ways, even Latin music that makes it impossible to sit still! In sum, Nika Rejto’s version of music is infectious; it sweeps through an audience from the first offering to the last. Until the inevitable standing ovation, she uses her amazing technique to enthrall, caress, and turn on those lucky audiences who join her in musical celebration.