4/13: 参 Sun Trio at ShapeShifter Lab

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参 SUN Trio
Sunday, April 13th | 7pm | $10

Sun (参) Trio is comprised of Kaoru Watanabe and Tetsuro Naito, two former members of Kodo, the iconic taiko group from Japan, and Patrick Graham, an acclaimed, multifaceted Montreal-based percussionist. Featuring the taiko drums, Japanese bamboo flutes, and a host of percussion instruments from Japan, the Middle East and beyond, the music is an artful blend of power, delicacy and precision.

The character 参, or “san” (pronounced sə n) can refer to a surprising variety of things: “three”, “to participate”, “to pray”, “to be taken” and even “to fall in love”. The number 3 has profound significance in Japanese culture. With regards to taiko drums, drum heads are often adorned with the mitsudomoe a symbol with three tear drops chasing each other in a circle. The members of Sun Trio found this word represents the multifaceted nature of the music, at once sacred and profane, with a decidedly contemporary edge.

Tetsuro Naito- taiko drums
Patrick Graham – taiko drums, percussion
Kaoru Watanabe- Japanese flutes, taiko drums

ShapeShifter Lab
18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, NY 11215
R train to Union St

http://www.shapeshifterlab.com/

RSVP on the Facebook event page here.

Spring 2014 Update

Greetings friends.  Hope the warm weather is offering some reprieve from the endless bout of freezing temperatures and snow storms.
I’ve been busy with performances and have a few coming up- see below for details. I’ve also been busy with preparations for a handful of upcoming projects including intensive workshops by Tetsuro Naito, Patrick Graham and Shoji Kameda at my studio, performance by Ne-O Ensemble- a group I’ve been cultivating in my studio, workshops at Princeton, Brown and Wellesley, directing a concert in Australia in June, working with Chieko Kojima and Eiichi Saito of Kodo in July in LA, hosting Chieko at my studio in New York, and a Japan trip in the fall, etc.
-Kaoru

 

UPCOMING EVENTS
 

Wednesday, March 12th | 7pm 
The Heart of Japan: An Evening of Kabuki Dance and Music
Jewett Art Center Auditorium, Wellesley College
The Heart of Japan: An Evening of Kabuki Dance and Music will present traditional Japanese dance by Ms. Michiko Kurata and Japanese instruments played by Mr. Kaoru Watanabe and Ms. Sumie Kaneko. A sushi reception will follow the performance. The performance will be preceded by a workshop on March 11, 5:00 PM-6:30 PM in the Alumnae Hall Ballroom. All are invited for a hands-on exploration of the Japanese instruments featured in the March 12 performance.
More info: http://www.wellesley.edu/events/node/42388

 

Sunday, March 23rd | 10pm | $15
Motions @ the Stone
Kaoru Watanabe (Japanese flutes, taiko) Chris Dingman (vibes) Tim Keiper (hunters harp, percussion) Matt Kilmer (percussion)
The four members of the Brooklyn-based collective Motions combine the rhythms, timbres, and melodies of their extensive and diverse musical backgrounds-traditional and contemporary musics from Japan, Mali, the Middle East, Brazil, and the US to create a unified sound that is both eclectic and organic.
the corner of avenue C and 2nd street, New York, NY 10009.
F train to Delancey or J,M to Essex St.
Regular Admission: $15 per set. Students 13 to 19: $10 per set at all times
http://thestonenyc.com/

 

Saturday, March 29th 
Ne-O Ensemble @ Shapeshifter lab
Details TBA.
http://www.shapeshifterlab.com/

February Shows

 

Tuesday, Feb 4th | 7-10pm
Washington DC with Sumie Kaneko
J-Trad & More will be featured by DC Jazz Festival Fishman Young Artist Series. Performing at the residence of Japan Embassy. Private event.
More info at sumiekanekomusic.com

 

Friday-Saturday, Feb 7th and 8th
East Coast Taiko Conference, Skidmore College
Kaoru Watanabe will be giving workshops and performances at this year’s ECTC. More info here: http://ectcskidmore2014.wordpress.com/

 

Sunday, Feb 9th | 3-4pm
Tenri Institute with Sachiyo Ito
Ma: Creating Sacred Space and Time, Here and Now
The prevailing theme of Salon Series in 2014 Season is “Ma,” the particular sense of space and time in Japanese arts and culture. The first in the program investigates Ma in creating sacred space and time through sutra chanting and writing, music and dance improvisation. Guest Artists: Kaoru Watanabe (flutist/drummer), Satoshi Takeishi (percussionist), Rev. Kenjitsu Nakagaki (Calligrapher)
Ticket: $15, $10 (Senior & Student)
Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street New York City, between 5th & 6th AvenueSS 48 Flyer
 

Saturday, Feb 22th | 12 & 2:30 pm
BAMcafe with Elena Moon Park
Two short shows at BAMcafé as part of BAMkids Film Festival. Take in some East Asian tunes between fun (mostly) animated all-ages shorts & feature films.
More info at rabbitdays.org and BAMkids
BAMcafe, Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Beauty Beyond Boundaries | Ricoh Theta Launch Party | Thurs. Jan. 16th

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Thursday, Jan 16, 2014, 9pm-1am
Beauty Beyond Boundaries RICOH THETA Launch Party
@Villain in Williamsburg

Beauty Beyond Boundaries is a TokyoDex production, which will include an amazing array of artists and art installation. Please come join me and make sure to RSVP at http://beautybeyondboundaries.splashthat.com

Villain
50 N. 3rd St, New York, NY 11249
http://villain-llc.com

Happy New Year 2014

Friends and Family,

I hope the arrival of 2014 brings all of you with prospects of a renewed endeavor towards, most importantly, health and happiness and, if necessary, prosperity!

For me, 2013 was full of change, growth and adventure - all I could really hope for.  I had the pleasure of performing in various projects led by such artists as Adam Rudolph, Imani Uzuri, Alicia Hall Moran, Skye Steele, Tamango, Sumie Kaneko, Elena Moon Park, Shane Shanahan, On Ensemble and Maureen Fleming.

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Imani Uzuri @ Joe’s Pub w. Marika Hughes, Christian Ver Halen, Todd Isler and Neel Murgai

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motown project with Alicia Hall Moran

I led or co-led groups which included such wonderful folks as Kenny Endo, Ryutaro Kaneko, Tetsuro Naito, Daniel Rosen, Isaku Kageyama, Satoshi Takeishi, Ralph Samuelson, Akihito Obama, So Percussion, Shoji Kameda, Kyo Daiko, Matt Kilmer, Chris Dingman, Tim Keiper, Barbara Merjan, Marika Hughes, Sarah Schoenbeck and many many others.

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Music from Japan with Kenny Endo, March 2013

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Wesleyan Taiko

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Tohoku Caravan Tour w. Daniel Rosen, Tetsuro Naito, Ryutaro Kaneko, Tsubasa Horii, April 2013

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Asia Society w. Ralph Samuelson, Sumie Kaneko and Akihito Obama

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On stage at Lincoln Center Out of Doors concert, August 2013

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So Percussion and the Joshua Light Show, River to River Festival, July 2013

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Motions (incl. Chris Dingman, Tim Keiper, Matt Kilmer) @ Blue Note

Musical adventures took me to Barbados, Trinidad, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and here and there across the US.  InNew York, I performed in such venues as the Shapeshifter Lab, Joe’s Pub, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Delacorte Theater, Highline Ballroom, The Stone, Blue Note, Brooklyn Bowl, Cornelia Street Cafe and Le Poisson Rouge.  A special thanks to Taikoz, Japan Foundation, Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten, Ranjo flutes, Asano Taiko U.S., amongst many other others for their continued support and collaboration. 

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Taikoz in Australia

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Barbados and Trinidad w. Isaku Kageyama through Japan Foundation, January 2013

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The Tempest, Shakespeare in the Park @ the Delacorte Theater, September 2013

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Joe’s Pub w. Kenny Endo, Dec 2013

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Visiting Ranjo (fue maker) in Chiba, Japan

In mid-summer, a long held dream of having my own dedicated studio was realized after weeks of soundproofing, flooring, and other work.  Since fall of 2013, I’ve been holding classes, workshops and rehearsals in the studio and am planning to greatly expand activities there in 2014.

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Taiko studio – before renovation

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Taiko studio – after renovation

On a personal note, the biggest news of 2013 was the birth of my daughter Shinobu on August 9th.  My relationship with Mari has gotten stronger as we are focussed on each other’s health and happiness in a much more determined and conscious way.  Shinobu comes to a lot of my shows and has gained notoriety for having a great disposition and laughing all the time.  She is light and joy and we are so grateful for her presence.

Looking ahead to 2014, I want to continue studying, performing and composing in a more focussed manner – time is much more limited with Shinobu around!  I thank everyone for their continued support and friendship and look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

Happy New Year to all! Looking forward to sharing many more adventures in 2014.

In gratitude and sincerity,
Kaoru Watanabe

Dec 28: Motions & Bonenkai @ Shapeshifter Lab

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Saturday, 28th Dec 2013 | 8PM | $10

MOTIONS featuring: Chris Dingman, Matt Kilmer, Tim Keiper, Kaoru Watanabe

BONENKAI featuring: KAORU WATANABE TAIKO ENSEMBLE, Sumie Kaneko, Barbara Merjan, Fumi Tanakadate + SPECIAL GUESTS

The four members of the Brooklyn-based collective Motions, combine the rhythms, timbres and melodies from their extensive and diverse musical backgrounds – traditional and contemporary musics from Japan, Mali, the Middle East, Brazil and the US to create a unified sound that is both eclectic and organic. The music seamlessly ranges from abstract improvisation to heavy groove, highlighting the flavors and qualities of the different instruments while celebrating their universality.

ShapeShifter Lab
18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, New York 11215

More info on ShapeShifter Lab’s website here.
RSVP on the Facebook event here.

Sunday, Dec 1st @ Joe’s Pub

Sunday, Dec 1st | 7:30pm
Kenny Endo, Kaoru Watanabe and Sumie Kaneko @ Joe’s Pub
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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 artist 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.

425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003

Nov 25: Bloodlines performs at Spectrum NYC

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Kaoru Watanabe’s Bloodlines featuring Marika Hughes (cello) and Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon) performs this Monday night at Spectrum NYC!

Monday, November 25, 8-11 PM.
Spectrum NYC
121 Ludlow St., Second Floor,
New York, NY, 10002
J, M to Essex/ Delancey
$10

About Bloodlines:
The individual musicians in the ensemble, 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.

More info on the gig here: https://www.facebook.com/events/789496294409419/

November/December Updates

Hello friends,

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.

- Kaoru
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UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

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
Shinobue Workshop
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).
Taiko Workshop
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 taiko@asano.us / 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
Bloodlines@Spectrum
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.

Fall Updates

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

Thursday, Oct 17th | 7:30 pm
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.

October 17 – November 3, 2013
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.

Sunday, Dec 1st | 7:30pm
Kenny Endo and Kaoru Watanabe’s Convergence @ Joe’s Pub
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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.


PAST PERFORMANCES

Thursday, Sept 26th
Bloodlines @ the Firehouse Space
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.

http://thefirehousespace.org/event/kaoru-watanabes-bloodlines/

Thursday, Sept 19th | 8pm
Greg Barris’ Heart of Darkness @ The Bell House
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
The Bell House
Brooklyn, New York
$10.00 – $12.00

Saturday, Sept 28th | 8:30 PM
Go: Organic Orchestra @ Burgdorff Cultural Center
Go: Organic Orchestra is unique in the realm of approaches to improvisational conducting. Utilizing non-linear notation in an original music score, composer and artistic director Adam Rudolph conducts between 20 and 50 musicians with his prototypical conducting system. Over the past twelve years he has taught and conducted hundreds of musicians in Go: Organic Orchestra concepts in both North America and Europe, most recently in Naples, Oslo and Istanbul. He has on-going ensembles in both Los Angeles and New York. The group was chosen by the LA Weekly as “Outstanding World Music Group” in both 2003 and 2005.
10 Durand Road, Maplewood, NJ.
$15

Thursday, Oct 3rd | 3pm
Adam Rudolph and Go: Organic Orchestra@ Roulette
509 Atlantic Ave (On the corner of Atlantic & 3rd Aves)
Downtown Brooklyn
2, 3, 4, 5, C, G, D, M, N, R, B & Q trains and the LIRR
General Admission: $20
Members/Students/Seniors: $15
FREE for All Access Members

Monday, Oct 7th | 10:30pm
Imani Uzuri@Blue Note NY
FEATURING:
Imani Uzuri, vocals
Christian Ver Halen, acoustic guitar
Neel Murgai, sitar & percussion
Marika Hughes, cello
Kaoru Watanabe, Shinobue flute
Todd Isler, percussion
$10 bar, $15 table

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WORKSHOP

Nov 29 – Dec 1, 2013 (Fri-Sun)
Kenny Endo Weekend Intensive Workshop
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.

The $450 workshop fee will include healthy (organic when available) meals, snacks and (non-alcaholic) drinks as well as home-stay accommodations (a separate space for male and female participants). Limited to 12 participants. Fee does not include transportation expenses to and from the KWTC studio.

SCHEDULE
Friday evening: mini concert
Saturday: morning, noon and evening workshops
Sunday morning: final workshop

REGISTRATION FORMS & INFO can now be downloaded here!:
Download the PDF: http://subdomain.marinakano.com/taiko/keintensive2013.pdf
Download the Word Doc: http://subdomain.marinakano.com/taiko/keintensive2013.doc

Please RSVP to Alex Pfister at alex@taikonyc.com

September Performances

Sunday, Sept 1st | 8:30 PM

Dan Weiss, host
Kaoru Watanabe, flute;  Satoshi Takeishi, drums
$10 cover plus $10 minimum
29 Cornelia Street, New York, NY 10014
A, B, C, D, E, F, and V to West 4th St. or 1 to Christopher St.-Sheridan Square.

 

Thursday, Sept 5th | 9:30 PM (Doors open 09:00 PM)
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Shamisen & Koto Player, World Music Singer-Songwriter and Producer of J-Trad & More Sumie (Sumi-é) Kaneko has been recognized as a pioneer by her uniquely chromatic use of the instruments.
$15.00, 2 Beverage Minimum
34 West 22nd St.  (Bet. 5th & 6th Aves), New York, NY 10010
N, R to 23rd Street.

 

Sept 6th, 7th and 8th | 8:00 PM
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THE TEMPEST will showcase 200 New Yorkers from all five boroughs who will share the stage with professional actors and community partners for this three-night civic event. Free Public Works Tickets will be distributed, two per person, at 12:00 p.m. on the day of the show at the Delacorte Theater. Free tickets will be available via the Virtual Ticketing drawing on the day of the performance. Summer Supporter tickets are also available for a tax-deductible donation of $75 each. For information and to donate, call 212-967-7555.
Delacorte Theater in Central Park: easily accessible from the B, C and 6 subway lines, as well as from the M2, M3, M4, M10 and M79 bus lines.

 

Saturday, Sept 14th
more info coming soon

 

Thursday, Sept 26th
Kaoru Watanabe – fue, taiko
Marika Hughes- cello
Sara Schoenbeck -bassoon
Mathias Kunzli – perc
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.
246 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY, 11211, L Train to Graham Ave.

 

Saturday, Sept 28th | 8:30 PM
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Go: Organic Orchestra is unique in the realm of approaches to improvisational conducting. Utilizing non-linear notation in an original music score, composer and artistic director Adam Rudolph conducts between 20 and 50 musicians with his prototypical conducting system. Over the past twelve years he has taught and conducted hundreds of musicians in Go: Organic Orchestra concepts in both North America and Europe, most recently in Naples, Oslo and Istanbul. He has on-going ensembles in both Los Angeles and New York. The group was chosen by the LA Weekly as “Outstanding World Music Group” in both 2003 and 2005.
10 Durand Road, Maplewood, NJ.
$15

 

Monday, Sept 30th
Union College solo performance
more info coming soon

Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Saturday July 27th at 12:00 pm

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Kaoru will be sitting in with Elena Moon Park and her Rabbit Days and Dumplings band, plus special guests, to open Lincoln Center Out of Doors Family Day! RSVP on Facebook.

Sunday Aug 4th at 7:00pm
Ne-O Ensemble @ Lincoln Center Out of Doors
Damrosch Bandshell, 60 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY, 11023
RudolphAdam_byDanielDawson[15265]Kaoru Watanabe’s Ne-O Ensemble at Lincoln Center Out of Doors as part of the Sacred Drums concert.  Here’s the whole line up:
Silvercloud Singers, Manuela Arciniegas & The Legacy Circle, Pandit Samir Chatterjee & Friends, Silva Dance Company, Something Positive Dance Company, Kaoru Watanabe Ne-O Ensemble, Román Díaz & Cimarron, Ousmane Sall & Yakar Roots and Rhythms, Neil Clarke, Adam Rudolph, Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra with special guest Will Calhoun. RSVP on Facebook.

 

July Performances & New Studio

July 13 | 7:30pm
So Percussion and The Joshua Light Show @ River to River Festival
Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, 3 Spruce Street, New York

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Mixed Media, Music
Co-presented with Pace University 
Warning: strobe lights and loud noises

So Percussion and legendary performance visualists The Joshua Light Show collaborate to create a closing event to remember! So Percussion performs works of their own from Amid the Noise, Imaginary City, and Where (we) Livealong with special guests Grey Mcmurray (guitar, vocals), Angelica Negron (accordion, toy instruments), Kaoru Watanabe (flute, taiko drum), Cenk Ergun (electronics), Dan Trueman (fiddle), and others.

 

July 20 | 12:30 AM
Late Night Groove Series: Motions @ Blue Note
131 W. 3rd St, New York, NY

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FEATURING:
Chris Dingman, vibraphone
Tim Keiper, ngoni, percussion
Matt Kilmer, percussion
Kaoru Watanabe, fue, flute 

The four members of the Brooklyn-based collective Motions, combine the rhythms, timbres and melodies from their extensive and diverse musical backgrounds – traditional and contemporary musics from Japan, Mali, the Middle East, Brazil and the US to create a unified sound that is both eclectic and organic. The music seamlessly ranges from abstract improvisation to heavy groove, highlighting the flavors and qualities of the different instruments while celebrating their universality.

Showtime: 12:30AM
Doors Open at 12:00AM
$10 (bar or table)

New Studio!

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In other news, Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center has found a new home in Brooklyn and the studio is now all set up and ready for classes and rehearsals! Read more here and stay updated at www.taikonyc.com. Also check out pictures from the build-out process on the KWTC facebook album here.

June 24: Double Bill @ ShapeShifter Lab

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Two groups led by Kaoru Watanabe in a double bill.

For the first performance of the new ensemble, Bloodlines, the individual musicians in the quartet 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. One piece begins with a musical representation of the sound of my grandfather’s walking stick in postwar Japan as he takes his morning stroll to the sake and tofu shops down the street and ends with an evening of drinking with geisha. Cellist Marika Hughes shares with us the story of her great-aunt escaping the Nazis during WWII, bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck’s recalls a song her grandmother used to sing in Aberdeen, South Dakota and percussionist Keita Ogawa recounts observing stars through a telescope as his father played the harmonica on the family farm miles from the nearest neighbors in rural Nagasaki. 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.

The Kaoru Watanabe Ensemble re-creates Japanese matsuri (festival) music re-contextualized and reworked for the 21st Century. Inspired by a wide variety of traditional Japanese music and their role within society to strengthen peoples’ connection to the past, this music aims to retain the feeling of nostalgia and euphoria found in matsuri, while drawing from the contemporary musical forms that embody the spirit of today.

8:15 Bloodlines
Kaoru Watanabe – Japanese and Western Flutes
Marika Hughes- cello
Sara Schoenbeck – basson
Keita Ogawa – percussion

9:30 Ne-O Ensemble
Kaoru Watanabe – taiko and Japanese flutes
Sumie Kaneko- koto, shamisen
Barbara Merjan – taiko and percussion

Cover: $12 for both shows

Monday, June 24th
Shapeshfiter lab
18 Whitwell Place
Brooklyn, NY 11215, USA
Tel: +1.646.820.9452

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