As much a solo percussion album as a collection of large-scale compositions, Tatsuya Nakatani created hundreds of recordings of his collection of gongs, meticulously capturing each instrument's voice and arranging them into seven large works, maintaining the character of each instrument as material for these wonderfully dramatic and resonant works of silence, space and texture.
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Recorded at Nakatani-Kobo, in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, during winter of 2018 through Spring of 2019, by Tatsuya Nakatani. Mastered by James Plotkin.
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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 (http://www.hhproduction.org/tatsuya_bio.html)
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1. Sipapu 5:00
2. This Tidall Breath, Dispersion 7:21
3. Singing Under The Salt Black Sea 3:49
4. Arch, Curve, Span, Circumnavigate 22:56
5. Last Birds, Symphonic 8:39
6. Alaska 13:33
7. The Road, The Horizon Opens Up 7:48
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"I have been developing my understanding of the sonic range and potential of the bowed gong over the past 23 years of live performances. The compositions I am creating for my large ensemble bowed gong project, the Nakatani Gong Orchestra, are based in my idea of arranging the vibrations into formations. Silence, space and textures are key to my philosophy of making music. Working outside of academic theory and the Western note system opens many possibilities for me in sound. For these records, I created hundreds of separate recordings of each gong and all of their different voices (vibrations), then I arranged them on the computer to build the composition. Each sound maintains it's true character, and is not digitally altered."-Tatsuya Nakatani
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