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The long-running duo of US-based Japanese percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani and French saxophonist Michel Doneda in an album merging superb technical skills and creative approaches in an almost telepathic dialog of surprising twists and turns.

Nakatani, Tatsuya & Michel Doneda

Nakatani, Tatsuya & Michel Doneda: Duo (Nakatani-Kobo)

Label: Nakatani-Kobo    
Released in: USA    

"Tatsuya Nakatani is a native of Osaka-Japan, who now resides in Easton PA. He is an improvising percussionist who tours constantly, and has played all over the world. Michel Doneda is a soprano saxophonist from Toulouse France. He is one of the most prominent and active improvisational musicians in Europe.

The duo first met and played together in 2002 in Toulouse France, two years later Nakatani and Doneda performed and recorded with alto saxophonist Jack Wright, in New York City. They formed the trio "From Between" and over the next three years they toured the US, France and Japan releasing two highly acclaimed CDs and a DVD.

As a duo, Michel Doneda and Tatsuya Nakatani have performed internationally throughout the USA, Canada, Japan, France, Luxembourg, Ukraine, Poland, Norway, Scotland and Belgium. They have played at the Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain in Strausburg, France, the University of Metz, the University of Lille, the Jazz Bez festival in Ukraine and Poland, at the NattJazz festival in Bergen, Norway, the Festival des musiques insolentes in Lorgues, France, the Musique action festival in Vandoeuvre les Nancy, France, the Festival international de musique actuelle de Victoriaville, Canada and the Glasgow improvised music festival in Scotland.

The duo have collaborated with such internationally renowned artists as Barre Phillips (bass), Frederic Blondy (piano), Oguri (dance), Kaoru Watanabe (flute), Serge Pey (poetry), Yurity Yeremchuk (sax), Leonel Kaplan (trumpet) and Ty Thanh Tien (dance).

In 2011 they released their first CD "White Stone Black Lamp" to high praise. As one reviewer noted, "Their long association yields an impressive compatibility and almost telepathic power in discourse. Impressive, unexpected, occasionally bewildering, often profound; superb!"

MICHEL DONEDA (Soprano saxophone, Sopranino)

"Michel Doneda is an internationally respected soprano saxophone player with over sixty recordings as a leader. In the tradition of Sidney Bechet, Steve Lacy and Evan Parker, Doneda's virtuosity on the instrument is widely recognized by his peers. He has developed one of the most extensive musical vocabularies in free improvisation. His playing can be at turns lyrical, playful, or raucous, and can switch from the liveliness of street melodies to circular breathing, microscopic sounds, or shrieking outbursts.In 2014 a solo recording was released for his 60th birthday and other renowned soprano saxophonists contributed words of praise for the release. "There is no doubt he has and is exploring new territory on the soprano," Dave Liebman. "Doneda's playing has that magic that leads us to the sound through a within perspective, delivering elements, breathy particles, sudden flashes and thick transparencies in a sort of pulsing-pixelating dance," Gianni Mimmo. "Doneda's playing begins somewhere deep inside and continues uninterrupted through to the golden metal bell beyond his fingers. It is all horn and it is unified. Nothing is deconstructed. Nothing is parsed; nothing is broken into pieces. It is always whole," Joe Giardullo.

Doneda is always searching and exploring, looking for new situations and collaborators. Through the years he has played with such luminaries as Elvin Jones, Lol Coxhill, Evan Parker, Roger Turner, Fred Frith, Keith Rowe, Xavier Charles, Barre Phillips, and John Russell, as well as the Pygmies of Gabon, the Basque singer Beñat Achiary and even the rock band Sonic Youth. He is also involved with Butoh dancers like Masaki iwana and Yukiko Nakamura. He works with poetry and experimental movies as well."-Sheffield University


"Tatsuya Nakatani is a creative artist originally from Osaka, Japan who now resides in Easton, PA. Nakatani has released over sixty recordings has performed countless solo percussion concerts through extensive touring. He has 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. 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.

Nakatani has performed worldwide, from international music festivals to local community centers, artist lofts to university concert halls, including a recent performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He values and appreciates grass- roots organized shows set up and promoted by local musicians and promoters in all types of settings. Nakatani also heads his own H&H Production, Nakatani-Kobo an independent record label and private recording studio based in Easton, Pennsylvania."-Tatsuya Nakatani website

See also White Stone Black Lamp

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UPC: 616892327646

Label: Nakatani-Kobo
Catalog ID: KOBO-6
Squidco Product Code: 21119

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded in Winter 2015.


Tatsuya Nakatani-percussion

Michel Doneda-soprano saxophone, sopranino

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1. Holes In The Ground 4:48

2. Threads In The Clouds 3:48

3. Hind Legs 4:40

4. Spark And Bone 4:53

5. Wheels Above Rails 4:31

6. Short Circuits 5:18

7. When Train Fly By 4:18

8. Spinning Into Sand 2:59

9. White By Sidewalks 3:18

10. A Wind Maker 5:34

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