I’ve been busy with various private and public performances over the last few weeks. I didn’t realize it until after it was over, but I was performing in or responsible for 10 different performances between Wednesday and Sunday of last week, beginning with a private reception at Carnegie Hall for Yo Yo Ma and ending with a collaboration with a master soba maker in the Meatpacking District’s swanky Soho House.
I have a very busy next couple of months. For the next few weeks, along with a number of more private events, I will continue to perform every thursday through Sunday with Maureen Fleming, followed by a trip to California where I’ll be performing in San Francisco Taiko Dojo’s 45th Anniversary Concert and teaching workshops at Asano Taiko’s new Los Angeles Taiko Institute. Immediately upon returning, I’ll be performing and teaching workshops at Cornell University, followed by a performances at the Stone with Adam Rudolph, than at Spectrum with my group Bloodlines. The great Kenny Endo will be visiting New York the following weekend for KWTC’s first weekend intensive in our new space and we will be performing together at Joe’s Pub as well as at Dickinson College, where I have been co-teaching a course on taiko drumming with Professor and author Shawn Bender. See below for a list of dates and times for performances.
Also, big news: My good friend Imani Uzuri is officially on the GRAMMY ballot and eligible for nomination!! If you are a member of NARAS or have friends who are, please consider Imani Uzuri for a Grammy Nomination for “Gathering” (Best American Roots Song) and “Dream Child” (Song Of The Year, Record Of The Year, Best R &B Song). I am performing shinobue and flute on this album. Here’s a link to the video for “Dream Child” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvfzpR_qRdE My flute can be prominently heard on the track but unfortunately I was busy the day of the video shoot. Please just add me to the video in your mind’s eye, wearing an unbuttoned linen shirt with dark sunglasses on playing the flute on the beach.
Oct 17th – Nov 3rd | 7:30 pm (Thur-Sat), 2:30pm (Sun)
La MaMa presents B. MADONNA by Fleming @ The Ellen Stewart Theatre
Internationally acclaimed performer, Maureen Fleming brings her contemporary unveiling of the myth of Persephone to the stage of the Ellen Stewart Theatre. With text by David Henry Hwang and music by Philip Glass (performed live by pianist Bruce Brubaker), original accordion music by Guy Klucevsek, and Taiko drumming by Kaoru Watanabe, this beautiful, multimedia meditation on ’miracles’ juxtaposes Fleming’s new and repertory works with three-dimensional video projections designed by longtime collaborator Christopher Odo. Kaoru Watanabe is performing in Maureen Fleming’s Black Madonna every weekend for four weeks at La Mama.
Thursday – Saturday at 7.30pm
Sunday at 2.30pm
Running time: 75 minutes
This performance contains nudity
66 E. 4th St. 2nd Fl., New York, NY 10003
Facebook event here.
Friday, Nov 8th
Vassar College – The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
Performance with Sumie Kaneko
Saturday-Sunday, Nov 9th and 10th
San Francisco Taiko Dojo 45th International Taiko Festival
Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
Saturday, November 9, 2013, at 8pm
Sunday, November 10, 2013, at 3pm
Monday-Tuesday, Nov 11th and 12th
Shinobue and Taiko workshops@ Los Angeles Taiko Institute
Monday, November 11, 2013 – 18:00 to 19:30
Shinobue and Taiko workshops@ Los Angeles Taiko Institute
Open to all levels, Kaoru will go over hand positions, posture, various breathing techniques, embouchure, basic exercises.
Please bring your own fue (western tuning, preferrably a number 6).
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 – 18:00 to 20:00
Kaoru will introduce some hitting techniques utilized by many Kodo players that emphasizes balance and stability, relaxation, the shoulder blades as well as the concept of magaranai ude or the “unbendable arm”.
$40 per workshop, $30 for LATI / college students
RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org / 310-974-4490 (Please pay at the door)
Friday, Nov 22nd
Solo Performance @ Cornell University
Sunday, Nov 24th | 8pm & 10pm
Adam Rudolph @ The Stone
8pm – Go: Organic Orchestra Flutes
10pm – Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures Octet plus Go: Organic Orchestra Flutes
the corner of avenue C and 2nd street
$15 General Admission, $10 Students 13 to 19
children 12 and under admitted FREE
there are no advance ticket sales all admissions are at the door prior to each performance
Monday, Nov 25th
The individual musicians in the quartet, Bloodlines, have been working together to create a musical collage representing anecdotes from our family histories. The resulting music is at once intensely personal while celebrating the commonalities people have shared over generations, countries and cultures. The rehearsals for Bloodlines have been equal parts playing and discussing musical structure and simply sharing these stories with each other and conceiving ways to sculpt them into music.
$15 General Admission, $10 Students and Seniors
121 Ludlow, Floor 2, NYC, NY 10002. Ring bell for 2; between Delancey and Rivington.
Friday – Sunday, Nov 29th – Dec 1st
Kenny Endo Taiko Intensive@KWTC
Kenny Endo is considered one of the world’s leading taiko composer, performer and teacher. Participants will spend an intimate weekend studying with this acclaimed artist, learning not just rhythms, form and technique, but about Kenny’s philosophies on life and music. The workshops will cater to a degree, the experience and skill level of the participants, but Odaiko and shimedaiko technique, ji playing, Edo Bayashi and more will be very likely be explored. For more information, please visit: http://www.taikonyc.com/intensives/
Sunday, Dec 1st | 7:30pm
Kenny Endo, Kaoru Watanabe and Sumie Kaneko@Joe’s Pub
Kenny Endo and Kaoru Watanabe, both considered leading practitioners of their instruments, respectively the Japanese taiko drum and flutes, celebrate their CD Convergence, with guest artists Sumie Kaneko on koto and shamisen. Their music draws on Japanese theater and folk traditions with jazz and other improvisational genres to create a sound that is ancient with a modern edge.
Tickets are on sale now! Get them here.
RSVP on our Facebook event here.
Thursday, Dec 5th | 7pm
Kenny Endo, Kaoru Watanabe and Sumie Kaneko@ Dickinson College
Rubendall Recital Hall, Weiss Center for the Arts
Internationally renowned musicians Kaoru Wantanabe (taiko, fue), Sumie Kaneko (shamisen, koto) and Satoshi Takeishi (percussion) perform a blend of Japanese classical music and contemporary improvisation. This concert is co-sponsored by the East Asian studies department and the Bullard Music and Culture Fund.