Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Tue, Oct 23 2012 7:30 PM

Tom's Place
3111 Deakin Street Berkeley
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Tatsuya Nakatani
in company with
Gino Robair (perc), Tom Djll (tpt),
Kyle Bruckmann (ob), Dana Jessen (bn)
and special guests


We're happy to have Tatsuya Nakatani over to Tom's Place for an evening of mix-and-match tag-team improv with a sampling of the Bay Area's best improvising musicians, including percussionist Gino Robair, master trumpet abuser Tom Djll, double-reed mavens Kyle Bruckmann and Dana Jessen. We arranged this one at the very last minute, so one other player is not yet confirmed.
Because of the short notice, this will be a free event. The management will not beg for money, but will put up $10 from our commissioning fund for every audience member that shows up. If you want to see our bank book hurt, this is the show to attend.

Nakatani's web site gives a good description of his music:

Nakatani's approach to music is visceral, non-linear and intuitively primitive, expressing an unusually strong spirit while avoiding any categorization. He creates sound via 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, all of which manifest in 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, rock, and noise, and yet retains the sense of space and quiet beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music. His percussion instruments can imitate the sounds of a trumpet, a stringed instrument or 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.

Check out his stunning sound clips here.


Cost: Free
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Audio samples in which musicians at this event play:
Videos featuring musicians playing at this event
Gino Robair and John Butcher, 2008
The premiere, at the 2013 Outsound New Music Summit, of Wrack ...Awaits Silent Tristero's Empire (made possible by the Chamber Music America New Jazz Works commissioning program).
Tender Buttons at Second Act, SF, 2016; live video processing by Bill Thibault