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Kaoru Watanabe: a rare musician who traverses the traditional music forms both East and West, classical and contemporary, predetermined and improvisational. His expertise in taiko drumming and bamboo flutes gives his music both force with extreme delicacy. His superb musicianship makes him a joy to create with. He enriches any musical situation with his unique perspective.
— Jason Moran (Jazz Pianist, Blue Note Recording Artist)
 

Hello friends,

I have returned from an intense two week stay in Japan during which I performed with the great artists Kakinuma Koji, Naito Tetsuro, Yoshii Shogo, Semba Kiyohiko, Takahashi Kaori, Sakamoto Hiromichi and Sato Anna, took my first O-tsuzumi lesson with Mochizuki Saburo and connected with many friends, family and colleagues, including my spritely hundred year old Grandfather. I'm back in NY, inspired and ready to go with multiple projects in the works and various performances scattered throughout the month. I sincerely hope to see many of you along the way.

Also, for those of you wanting to try your hand at or would like to improve your skills at taiko drumming, please visit here to sign up for a seven week course at my studio KWTC.


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