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.

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