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CONVERGENCE celebrates the confluence of the musical journeys between Kenny Endo and Kaoru Watanabe. These two first met when Kenny, a celebrated taiko maestro, invited a fledgling, teenaged Kaoru to perform with him in St. Louis, MO in the early 90’s. In the decades since, they have come to share a similar life/artistic path defined by intensive study and performance with some of the most acclaimed musicians in traditional and contemporary Japanese music and a devotion to cross cultural and multi-disciplinary collaboration. As evident in this album, their music draws from Japanese festival and Kabuki theater musics to American jazz, free improvisation and other genres from across the globe.
1. Nocturne composed by Kaoru Watanabe
2. Together Alone composed by Kaoru Watanabe
3. Fire Improv composed by Kenny Endo & Kaoru Watanabe
4. Chakuto/Tobisari traditional music from the Kabuki theater
5. Sand composed by Kenny Endo
6. Steppes composed by Kenny Endo
7. Chigen composed by Kenny Endo & Kaoru Watanabe
8. Procession: Ascent/Descent composed by Kaoru Watanabe
9. Swing, Soul & Sincerity composed by Kenny Endo
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