June 17th (friday)
TATSUYA NAKATANI solo
+ ¨THE NAKATANI GONG ORCHESTRA
Bowerbird Presents GATE
@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
ABOUT THE EVENT
Master percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani returns to Philadelphia with his array of drums, cymbals, bows, sticks, and gongs for an improvisational tour-de-force. This concert will feature both a solo set by Tatsuya, and a collaboration with five local participants (Eli Litwin, Jacob Mitas, Carolina Maugeri, JJ Tiziou, and Anna Drozdowski) to form the Nakatani Gong Orchestra. At the core of the N.G.O. is 40-inch gong that creates extremely low-frequency sound waves. These low, ebbing sounds are layered with the tones of the other gongs to create a pool of sounds that can be felt deep in the body.
From the Citypaper: "It's doubtful that anyone who's ever seen Tatsuya Nakatani's solo performances, in which the master percussionist deftly juggles a wealth of instruments from tiny noisemakers to enormous gongs, has ever come away thinking he lacks in the limb department. But even if from the outside it appears he has the dexterity of an octopus, Nakatani himself has sonic concepts that simply can't be realized by only two arms. Enter the Gong Orchestra, a five-person ensemble conducted by the Osaka-born, Easton-based experimentalist, which allows for a far greater range of sound and interaction. Despite the ear-splitting volume allowed by the instruments, the gongs — collected during Nakatani's world travels and played with handmade bows and mallets — are most often used to generate unearthly drones, what he refers to as "a metallic temple of deep harmonies."
Tatsuya Nakatani (percussion) is originally from Osaka, Japan. In 2006 he performed in 80 cities in 7 countries and collaborated with 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. He also heads H&H Production, an independent record label and recording studio based in Easton, Pennsylvania.
The Rotunda is a West Philadelphia community-gathering place that is fueled by the belief that art is a catalyst for social change and that the arts can lead to the formation of meaningful partnerships between the University of Pennsylvania and surrounding neighborhoods. Over 300 events are offered every year, including live music, film, spoken word, theater, art, dance, education, youth programs, arts incubation, and various experimental genres. As an alcohol-free, smoke-free venue, The Rotunda provides a critical social alternative for all ages. At its core, The Rotunda is a shared space fostering learning, enrichment, and community support while empowering the public to present, produce, and promote their work.