Saturday, March 23, 2019

Experimental Percussionist: Tatsuya Nakatani, April 2 in Lawrenceville.

NextPittsburgh shares news of a Tatsuya Nakatani performance on April 2 at Gardenalia in Lawrenceville. Nakatani, based in the US since 1994, describes his work thus:
Nakatani’s approach to music is visceral, non-linear and intuitively primitive, expressing an unusually strong spirit while resisting genre. He creates sound with both traditional and extended percussion techniques. Utilizing his adapted bowed gong, drums, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects and bells, as well as various sticks, kitchen tools, and his breath he manifests an intense and organic music that represents a very personal sonic world. His approach is steeped in the sensibilities of free improvisation, experimental music, jazz, metal and noise, and yet retains the sense of space and quiet beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music. His percussive instruments can imitate the sound of a trumpet, a stringed instrument, an electronic device…to the extent that it becomes difficult to recognize the source of the sound. He has devoted himself to a musical aesthetic where rhythm gives way to pulse, often in a way that is not always audible or visible, in currents that incorporate silence and texture. Nakatani’s primary music activities include solo percussive performance, his Nakatani Gong Orchestra (NGO), and collaborations with musicians and dancers both in live performance and recordings
The performance, featuring the WRiSt Trio, runs from 8:00 to 10:00 pm at Gardenalia, a garden shop at 3709 Butler St. (map). The cost is $10.

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