December 5th

Tatsuya Nakatani
(solo and with Nakatani Large Ensemble)

Alban Bailly (cello), Dan Capecchi (drums), and Matt Engle (bass)

University Lutheran
3637 Chestnut St
8pm; Admission $10-$15

Bowerbird is thrilled to welcome master percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani back to the Philadelphia for both a solo set and leading the "Nakatani Large Ensemble", a group consisting of workshop participants (see below for info on the workshop). Also on the evening will be CERBERUS- Alban Bailly (cello), Dan Capecchi (drums), and Matt Engle (bass) - a new Philadelphia based Trio that uses small compositional nodes to develop an ever moving improvisational musical core.The workshop is open to musicians of any level or style with a serious interest in free improvisation.

In the afternoon before his performance, Tatsuya will lead a hands-on workshop for musicians - of any level - interested in learning his unique approach to sound discovery and collective music making. Workshop attendees will perform in the "Nakatani Large Ensemble" in concert later in the evening.
Time: 1:30 to 4:30pm, Tuesday, December 5th
Location: At UniLu (3637 Chestnut Street)
Workshop fee: $30.

Central to Nakatani's philosophy of sound is the Japanese concept of space, expressed in "ma". "Ma" can be understood as being in-between, as silence or emptiness - space as air or space as interval in rhythm. "Ma" can be applied to music where the use of space relates both to making sound and not making sound. Listening and acting with an awareness of space around music and space created through music, ma thinking is introduced as a method for musical improvisation. Using careful listening in the context of the search for one's individual sound, students will explore the use of extended technique. By going beyond conventional approaches to an instrument, the use of extended technique grows the range of sounds available to the musician. Students are introduced to techniques which can expand the sonic possibilities of their instrument. In addition to demonstrating these methods and techniques, Nakatani will discuss the practical reality of living as an independent artist; booking, touring, promoting and performing. First-hand accounts of doing so while maintaining a healthy lifestyle and a DIY approach will be offered to encourage the spirit of self-realization needed in working as an improvising artist.

Known for his wide array of innovative percussive techniques, Tatsuya Nakatani performs audience using both traditional and extended percussion techniques, utilizing drums, bowed gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects and bells, as well as various sticks, kitchen tools and homemade bows.

Alban Bailly is a multi-faceted instrumentalist from France. He studied composition, jazz, and improvisation In Rennes and Nancy. He's toured extensively in Europe and North America performing with dance ensembles, impromptus, theater, and national acts before making Philadephia his home in 2005. In demand as a cellist, guitarist and composer, he's also the founder of Inzinzac, Yapp, Belleville Quartet and Mazout.

Matt Engle grew up in the Philadelphia area and has been an active member of the creative and improvised music scene for over 15 years. He has contributed to many varying musical situations but can be heard in such projects as the Dan Blacksberg Trio, Bobby Zankel small group, Wuszaul and Sonic Liberation Front. Matt has previously performed with Bird Fly Yellow, Shot By Shot, The Scriptors, Yapp, Jarrett Gilgore, Split Red, Dave Liebman, Dylan Ryan Sand, Marshall Allen, Chad Taylor, Anomalous Warmth, Watson, Roberto Pace, Sam Newsome, Rick Iannacone, Oliver Lake, Seth Meicht, Tim Berne, Jack Wright, Thurman Barker, Jay Lunar, and Brandon Seabrook among many others.

Dan Capecchi moved to Philadelphia from Minnesota in 2002. He has previously played improvised music with drums with Shot by Shot and Feeler Gauge and all sorts of other music with all sorts of others.


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