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Dec 132010
Tatsuya Nakatani Zeitgeist Gallery Nashville TennesseeVideo and photographs by John Brassil.

Tatsuya Nakatani mesmerised the audience at Zeitgeist Gallery on Saturday, December 4th with his visceral experimental percussion. For podcast 43, we bring you his entire set from that evening and also the Theatre Intangible live improv that followed: Pulse. Pulse features Tatsuya and the other bands on the lineup that night: Bluff Duo (Brady Sharp and David Maddox) and LYLAS (Kelli Shay Hix, Kyle Hamlett, Ben Marcantel, and Amy Blackburn Simon, also of Forrest Bride). Both sets are amazing! You can hear Brady Sharp perform on these two fine Theatre Intangible episodes. Kelli Shay Hix and Kyle Hamlett recently appeared on the improv Stone & Stream. Look for a Dave Maddox episode to come soon. I also recorded the Bluff Duo and LYLAS sets from the Zeitgest evening. I’ll post those soon as well.

Pulse w/ Tatsuya Nakatani Bluff Duo LYLAS Forest Bride at Zeitgeist Gallery Nashville Tennessee Theatre Intangible

Japanese-born experimental percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani connects with his instruments in a way like I’ve never before seen. He extracts every ounce of musicality out of his gongs, singing bowls, bells, cymbals, drums, handmade bows, and other devices. His performances are an extremely visceral affair. You really get the sense that his instruments are extensions of him. Seeing him live is a cathartic and almost spiritual experience.

At the improv’s end, Tatsuya announced that he expected the improv to be “here,” putting his hand near his chest, but that it turned out to be “here,” putting his hand high above his head. I for one agree.

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Tatsuya Nakatani live at Zeitgeist


Tatsuya Nakatani (percussion) is originally from Osaka, Japan. In 2006 he performed in 80 cities in 7 countries and collaborated with 163 artists worldwide. In the past 10 years he has released nearly 50 recordings on CD.

He has created his own instrumentation, effectively inventing many instruments and extended techniques. He utilizes drumset, bowed gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects, bells, and various sticks and bows to create an intense, organic music that defies category or genre. His music is based in improvised/ experimental music, jazz, free jazz, rock, and noise, yet retains the sense of space and beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music.

In addition to live solo and ensemble performances he works as a sound designer for film and television. He also teaches Masterclasses and Workshops at the University level. He also heads H&H Production, an independent record label and recording studio based in Easton, Pennsylvania. He was selected as a performing artist for the Pennsylvania Performing Artist on Tour (PennPat) roster as well as a Bronx Arts Council Individual Artist grant.

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Sep 132010

I’ve been trying to get Kelli Shay Hix and Kyle Hamlett of Lylas and Styches on the show for a long time, and this week it finally came together with podcast 32, Stone in Stream. Kelli plays violin and saw. Kyle plays banjo and xylophone. This episode also features Square People Jazz Maturity‘s Tommy Stangroom on drums and first-timer Elle Long on ukulele, xylophone, and electronic toys. First timer Israel Abernathy plays acoustic guitar.

We recorded Stone in Stream on August 20th in the ~ORE~ Studios. We were experimenting with real tape delay — a 15 foot stretch of half-inch tape draped from my reel to reel machine to a pole in the middle of the room. The tape loop, which kept layering over itself due to a covered erase head, gives the episode a dirty and devolving quality — a sharp contrast to the pretty acoustic improv. Stone in Stream reminds me of 60’s psyche folk imploding, and I mean that as praise.

We recorded for an hour and fifteen minutes. For purposes of pacing, I edited the episode down to forty minutes. I hated to  give up some of the outtakes, including an inspired magazine-clipping recitation; but I feel like the show is stronger for the editing.  Sadly, Melody Holt was a casualty of the cutting. She sang and recited magazine clippings on one of the excised parts.  She also provided invaluable assistance throughout the show. I did the live mixing and post production.

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