Nakatani Gong Orchestra @ The Vanderelli Room, Columbus [1 September]

Nakatani Gong Orchestra


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The Vanderelli Room
218 McDowell St, Columbus, Ohio 43215
On the evening of Friday, September 1st The Fuse Factory Electronic and Digital Arts Lab is proud to present sound artist/percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani (NM) and his Nakatani Gong Orchestra (NGO). The performance will take place at The Vanderelli Room (218 McDowell St., cmh 43215). Admission: $10 or $15 for 2. Doors 8:00pm; show will begin around 8:30. BYOB, all ages.

Columbus musicians taking part in the NGO: Jeff Chenault, Devin Copfer, Kaswan Crossfield, Stephanie Dean, Chris Haas, Bernie Iannone, Troy Kunkler, Jen Powers, Ty Owen, David Reed, Mike Shiflet, Jen Slezak, and Chris Weldon. Additional CMH musicians TBD.

Tatsuya Nakatani is a Japanese avant garde percussionist and acoustic sound artist. Based in the United States, he has released over 80 recordings in the last two decades and tours extensively. Nakatani has developed his own unique instrumentation, creating new sounds and extended techniques. Utilizing gongs, drums, cymbals, singing bowls, his breath, wooden sticks, metal objects, and the idiosyncratic bows and mallets he handcrafts in his workshop; he sculpts an intense, intuitively primitive, expressive sound form that defies genre. His work engages improvised-experimental music and movement, while still retaining the traditional sense of space, depth and deep time found in Japanese art.

The Nakatani Gong Orchestra (NGO) is a mobile community engagement project he has developed and grown over the last decade. Nakatani organizes and conducts local ensembles in performances of his complex harmonic compositions on 15 bowed gongs. These works are site specific by nature, taking place in abandoned grain silos, viaducts and other unique architectural spaces as well as in traditional concert halls and galleries. Nakatani teaches master classes and workshops at universities, giving students an opportunity to share his unique approach and philosophy for creating visceral, non-linear, experiential sounds.
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