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Nakatani, Tatsuya: Present Presence (Nakatani-Kobo)

Percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani presents thirteen pieces that take the listener on an expedition in the modern use of percussion, beautifully paced with rich sound, unexpected harmonic properties, fascinating punctuation, a mesmerizing journey.

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UPC: 616892160847

Label: Nakatani-Kobo
Catalog ID: Kobo 4
Squidco Product Code: 18211

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded June to August 2013.


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"Tatsuya Nakatani. Acoustic Sound Artist, Master Percussionist. b. 1970, Osaka Japan

Tatsuya Nakatani is an acoustic sound artist and master percussionist originally from Osaka, Japan. He has released over eighty recordings in North America and Europe. Residing in the USA since the mid-nineties, he has performed countless solo percussion concerts and has collaborated with hundreds of artists in international music festivals, university concert halls, art museums and independent venues. Infamous for his constant touring, Nakatani criss-crosses the country every year inspiring audiences with his pioneering sound. In addition to his solo performances, he conducts the Nakatani Gong Orchestra (NGO), a mobile community engagement project which organizes local ensembles performing on multiple bowed gongs.Nakatani teaches master classes and workshops at universities, giving students an opportunity to share his unique musical approach and philosophy for creating visceral, non-linear music.

He has created his own instrumentation, effectively inventing many instruments and extended techniques. Utilizing drums, gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, wooden sticks, metal objects, and the bows and mallets he handcrafts in his Kobo; he creates an intense, intuitively primitive, expressive music that defies genre. His work references improvised-experimental music, free jazz, and noise, while still retaining the sense of space and beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music."

-Tatsuya Nakatani Website (

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track listing:

1. Present Emergence 5:59

2. Fluctuations 2:36

3. Continue Being 1:24

4. Sizemick 2:01

5. Resonating Vehicle 5:50

6. Uncovering Essence 2:42

7. Coastal Arc 2:41

8. Continuious Emissions 5:00

9. Finally Flux 2:18

10. Tin Types 3:29

11. Celestial Orb 6:40

12. Memorization Fog Path 4:03

13. Nenrin 7:17
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Tatsuya Nakatani's solo percussion performances are breathtaking presentations that balances beautiful sonic expression with intense percussion work. His playing seems effortless, whether creating slow sound chambers or moving at seemingly impossible speeds using extended techniques and inventive uses of bowls, bows, cymbals and drum heads. He is a marvel to watch perform, and his playing translates to captivating and unexpected music.

Present Presence begins with an "Emergence", drawing breath from the earth in a slow chant with ringing bells, setting the stage. Through thirteen pieces Nakatani takes us on an expedition in the modern use of percussion, beautifully paced with rich sound, unexpected harmonic properties, and fascinating punctuation. The pieces range from the thoughtful and introspective to agitated expression, from glacial bowing to tribal cadence, always drawing the listener into Nakatani's curious arsenal and approach to sound. Several pieces are 2 minutes or less, with the longest measuring 7 minutes, each the exact length to captivate without wandering. The album is an outstanding achievement in skill and restraint, and an excellent representation of Nakatani's live performances. Hightly rcommended!

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