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Tatsuya Nakatani: Solo + Collaborations @ BOP STOP

May 22 from 8:00pm - 10:30pm

Tatsuya Nakatani: Solo + Collaborations @ BOP STOP

The Mysterious Black Box and BOP STOP are proud to present:
TATSUYA NAKATANI – Percussion and Gong Master

Join us for an evening of solo and collaborative improvised sets featuring a cross-section of outstanding musicians.

TATSUYA NAKATANI is a true master of percussion and gongs. His live performances leave audiences all over the world completely spellbound. He is an incredibly amazing performer. - For this evening he will be performing both a SOLO set, and a COLLABORATION set with area musicians Aaron Ali Shaikh (saxophone) // Noa Even (saxophones) // Stephan Haluska (harp with electronics) // Grace Harper (piano) // Rick Kodramaz (basses) // Lisa Miralia (synth/electronics) // Gabe Pollack (trumpet) // and Dan Wenninger (saxophones).

Tuesday 5/22/18 – 8pm – $15



Amazing, intuitive, and versatile percussionist and gong master, Tatsuya uses drums, gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, and much else to create organic, intense music.

Since the late 1990s, Tatsuya Nakatani has released over eighty recordings in the USA and Europe and has performed countless solo percussion concerts through intensive touring. He has also collaborated with hundreds of other artists internationally and presented masterclasses, workshops and lectures across the USA and around the world.

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. Nakatani’s primary music activities include solo percussion performance, N.G.O. (Nakatani Gong Orchestra) and collaborations with musicians and dancers both in live performance and recordings.

Tatsuya Nakatani has spent the past several years traveling and performing extensively throughout the United States and beyond. His 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. He has toured and performed in Japan, China, Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, England, Scotland, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Ukraine, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Argentina, Chile, Israel and across the USA, coast to coast. While touring, he also conducts master classes and workshops at schools and universities, emphasizing his unique musical approach and philosophy. Tatsuya collaborates and performs with a wide range of artists, from internationally renowned musicians to students of all ages, occupations and musical skill levels.

live performance:


The MYSTERIOUS BLACK BOX radio show broadcasts every Wednesday from 7pm-9pm on WCSB 89.3fm Cleveland, and over the internet worldwide at Host Lisa Miralia programs each show with a freeform and experimental music format.

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