Friday, August 24, 2007

9/10: Tatsuya Nakatani & Dilettante

Artists-at-Large presents:
Tatsuya Nakatani (percussion) is originally from Osaka, Japan. He has performed in over 80 cities in 7 countries and collaborated with over 163 artists worldwide. In the past 10 years he has released nearly 50 recordings on CD. He has created his own instrumentation, effectively inventing many instruments and extended techniques. He utilizes drumset, bowed gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects, bells, and various sticks and bows to create an intense, organic music that defies category or genre. His music is based in improvised/ experimental music, jazz, free jazz, rock, and noise, yet retains the sense of space and beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music. In addition to live solo and ensemble performances he works as a sound designer for film and television. He also teaches Masterclasses and Workshops at the University level, appearing at Wesleyan University, The University of Denver, and Jaotong University in Shanghai amongst others. He also heads H&H Production, an independent record label and recording studio based in Easton, Pennsylvania. He was selected as a performing artist for the Pennsylvania Performing Artist on Tour (PennPat) roster as well as a Bronx Arts Council Individual Artist grant. He has also appeared at the Smithsonian Institution, The Institute for Contemporary Art, The Stone, and The Musee d'art moderne et contemporaine. Most recently, Nakatani has created a 9-piece Bowed-Gong performance, which includes 40" and 35" gongs.

The improvised music trio Dilettante, who are from Boston, will be opening the show. The trio consists of Andrew Eisenberg, percussion, Josh Jefferson, reeds, and Ryan McGuire, bass.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

9/6: Keefe Jackson's Fast Citizens

Artists-at-Large presents:

Keefe Jackson’s Fast Citizens

Thursday, September 6th
$10 suggested donation

Keefe Jackson – tenor saxophone
Josh Berman – cornet
Aram Shelton – alto saxophone
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Anton Hatwich – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums

Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge
15 Dana Ave, Hyde Park, MA 02136
Accessible by #32 Bus and Commuter Rail

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Keefe Jackson’s Fast Citizens is a Chicago group which is exploring the boundaries between composition and im­provisation. Jackson, saxophonist and principal composer, formed the group in 2003. "...Jackson's marbled tone expresses a lovely lyricism no matter how brusque or serrated his lines get." -Chicago Reader.

In 2004 they held a residency at Chicago’s famous club the Hideout, during which time the group developed a formidable cohesiveness. Their music has broadened, even redefined the idea of a “cooperative” band.

The group includes saxophonist Aram Shelton and cel­list Fred Lonberg-Holm, who also compose for the group, and cornettist Josh Berman, drummer Frank Rosaly, and bassist Anton Hatwich.

“Ready Every­day” is the first recording from the Fast Citizens, it came out in October 2006 on Delmark Records. Berman, Jackson, and Rosaly, along with Marc Unternährer, are members of the Chicago Luzern Exchange, whose 2005 debut “Several Lights” (Delmark Records) received great critical and audience acclaim.

[The Fast Citizens] synthesizes a wide range of influences – Mingus and Sun Ra foremost among them – characterized by a spiritual quest that is often ecstatic, and a structural coherence that is all the more impressive for seeming to result from a quasi-telepathic interaction. —Dominique Denis, L’Express, Toronto

New Curators

We will have new curators for the Music Workshop beginning in September: Forbes Graham and Ted Reichman. Ted will take on one Monday a month, with Forbes taking the remaining Mondays.

Stay tuned for further event announcements!