During the day, be one of the 14 musicians selected to work with Tatsuya Nakatani as a member of his Nakatani Gong Orchestra (NGO). Working together as an ensemble, you will learn his non-traditional method of bowing Chinese wind gongs and how to follow his unique method of conducting. That evening, you will perform together as the NGO in a public performance of one of Nakatani’s complex harmonic compositions at the Creative Alliance.
Learn more about the NGO here: https://youtu.be/eQ31sZveBgkListen to the NGO here: https://tatsuyanakatani.bandcamp.comWatch a trailer for a NGO performance here: https://vimeo.com/334030170
APPLICANT INFO & ELIGIBILITY -- Applicants will be notified of acceptance by October 16, 2019.Selected musicians must be able to participate in both the workshop/rehearsal and the evening concert performance.NGO is open to all types of musicians and levels of players.There is no expectation of previous experience playing a gong!Bowing gongs requires physical and mental focus, so you must be able to stand and play the instrument for an extended period of time. Large gongs need extra physical strength!Participation is free.
DATE: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2019LOCATION: The Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224TIME: Up to 7 hours volunteer commitmentSCHEDULE: 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. | Workshop/Rehearsal - group dinner provided after rehearsal 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. | Performance - Nakatani solo percussion performance followed by the NGO performance.
ABOUT THE NAKATANI GONG ORCHESTRA
The NAKATANI GONG ORCHESTRA - NGO - is a nomadic, large ensemble contemporary sound art project. Local musicians are trained in Nakatani’s technique for playing his adapted bowed gong, and he conducts them in a performance of his original composition. In the last decade, the NGO has performed hundreds of concerts involving thousands of participants around the world in the creation of these transformative sound works.
Nakatani’s adaption of the Chinese wind gong to respond to his percussive bowing technique in his solo work (c. 1995) led to the inclusion of other players trained in his methods to realize his compositions. The Kobo bows, mallets, and surrounding instrumentation equipment have all been developed and are hand crafted by Tatsuya Nakatani. After ten years of planning and preparation, the NGO began touring in 2011 with four adapted gongs and has grown to 17 gongs today. It is the only bowed gong orchestra in the world.
ABOUT TATSUYA NAKATANITatsuya Nakatani is an avant-garde sound artist, composer, and master percussionist originally from Osaka, Japan. Based in the USA since 1994, he lives in Truth or Consequences, NM. Since the late 1990’s, Nakatani has released over 80 recordings in the USA and Europe and has toured extensively; performing solo, in collaboration with other artists, and with his large ensemble project - the Nakatani Gong Orchestra. He presents 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 resisting genre. He creates sound with both traditional and extended percussion techniques. Utilizing his adapted bowed gong, drums, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects and bells, as well as various sticks, kitchen tools, and his breath he manifests 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, metal and noise, and yet retains the sense of space and quiet beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music. His percussive instruments can imitate the sound of a trumpet, a stringed instrument, 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 percussive performance, his Nakatani Gong Orchestra (NGO), and collaborations with musicians and dancers both in live performance and recordings.
Tatsuya Nakatani has spent the last 20 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.www.tatsuyanakatani.com
Co-presented by the Asian Arts & Culture Center at Towson University (www.towson.edu/asianarts) and The Creative Alliance (creativealliance.org).