Tatsuya Nakatani is a creative artist / percussionist originally from Osaka, Japan who has released over sixty recordings in North America and Europe. Residing in the USA since 1994 he has performed countless solo percussion concerts and has collaborated with hundreds of artists in international music festivals, university concert halls, art museums and galleries. His latest project is the Nakatani Gong Orchestra, which builds community ensembles performing on multiple bowed gongs under his direction, as recently presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Nakatani’s constant touring fosters the raw and fresh quality in his music, which can only survive through an open willingness to share energy, culture, music and self on a global human scale. His master classes and workshops at schools and universities, emphasize his unique musical approach and philosophy in creating visceral, non-linear music.
He has created his own instrumentation, effectively inventing many instruments and extended techniques. He utilizes drums, gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects, bells, and various sticks and bows to create an intense, intuitively primitive, expressive music of unusually strong spirit 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.
“I have been playing a drumset since I was a teenager. Over the past decade, my sound has evolved by viewing and reforming music from different angles. I have gradually developed my own way of constructing sound; my sound is the story teller of my life. I make sound by controlling MA, at the appropriate moment. MA is a Japanese word meaning space, distance or silence. I have found that MA compliments sound itself. I combine the use of manufactured and homemade instruments in my work. Those instruments are drums, large hand hammered Chinese gongs, Japanese buddhist bowls, specially carved sticks and occasionally kitchen tools. I hand make hardwood-bows to bow Gongs and cymbals. Bowing creates a long sustained sound in percussion, making an identifiable note, timbre and texture. All of these instruments are carefully tuned and matched in sound depth, to balance my family of percussion instruments. I am an acoustic sound artist using the above method to create my sound.”
Horseman, Pass By:
Horseman, Pass By. is Bennett Bedoukian (drums and electronics) and Mark Molnar (Cello and Electronics).
Bennett Bedoukian is a drummer/percussionist who currently plays with Vicky Mettler , Craig Pedersen, and Mark Molnar as Dusk Scored Dark, and with Mark Molnar as Sonder. He performs solo under the name The Idle Crow, and has also performed, improvised, and/or composed, with The Craig Pedersen Quartet/Quintet, Hello Babies (with Wes Grist and Dave Grenon), Mice (with Mark Molnar and Dave Clark), and the In Fallow Players (various). He has studied drums with Dave Clark for many years, and has participated in workshops with Jim Black, Fred Frith, Marc Ribot, and Tristan Honsinger. He resides in Havelock, Ontario.
Mark Molnar plays strings and electronics with Kingdom Shore, 1/4 Tonne (with Nick Keupfer and Eric Craven), Dusk Scored Dark (with Vicky Mettler, Bennett Bedoukian, and Craig Pedersen, Mice (with Bennett Bedoukian and Dave Clark), and in duos and a variety of configurations with Eric Craven, Craig Pedersen, James Annett, David Broscoe, Jamie Gulliksen, Linsey Wellman, and Bennett Bedoukian. He also plays erhu and rebab in Gamelan Semara Winangun. His music has been performed by the Quasar Saxaphone Quartet (Montreal), and the Thin Edge Music Collective (Toronto), and he has written and performed string arrangements for Buried Inside, If Then Do, and Alaskan. He resides in Ottawa, Ontario.