Thursday 11/14, 8:30PM
Tatsuya Nakatani is an avant-garde sound artist, composer, and master percussionist. Active internationally since the 1990’s, Nakatani has released over 80 recordings and tours extensively, performing over 150 concerts a year. His primary focus is his solo work and his large ensemble project, the Nakatani Gong Orchestra. With his activity in the new music, improvisation and experimental music scenes, Nakatani has a long history of collaboration. He teaches master classes and lectures at universities and music conservatories around the world. Originally from Japan, he makes his home in the small desert town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.
Nakatani creates his distinctive music centered around his adapted bowed gong, supported by an array of drums, cymbals, and singing bowls. In consort with his hand carved Kobo Bows, it is an instrument he has spent decades developing. A master of extended percussion techniques, it can be difficult to understand the genesis of his sounds. Nakatani approaches his orchestral project (NGO) as an arrangement of formations of vibrations, incorporated in shimmering layers of silence and texture. Within this contemporary work, one can still recognize the dramatic pacing, formal elegance and space (ma) felt in traditional Japanese music.
Opening set by Mark Trecka
Mark Trecka is a Chicago-born writer, sound artist, and performer currently living in the Hudson Valley. His first full-length recording, Everything Falling Crosses Over, was released in April 2019.
Trecka’s writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, The New Inquiry, Salon, Vice and elsewhere. He founded Pillars and Tongues in 2007 and has toured and recorded with Dark Dark Dark since 2010.