A friend of mine, a wonderful filmmaker named Yuki Kokubo based in NY recently came to my studio for a little experimentation. I'm not super excited about how I'm playing on this (I had to set up the taiko in a somewhat awkward position for technical reasons, blahblahblah), but I think she did a beautiful job shooting and editing and would like people to see that. Please check out her stuff here: http://www.ocarinamedia.com
A fun project that I've been doing with my good friend Daniel Rosen in Tokyo since 2008 and with a revolving cast of artists. The latest reincarnation featured Semba Kiyohiko, Kaori Takahashi, Kojima Chieko (from Kodo), Yoshii Shogo, Naito Tetsuro, Yamano Azumi with the TokyoDex art team: Shinpei Kashihara (Live Painting), Frankie Cihi (Live Digital Painting), Maiko Miyagawa (Live Photography) and D.H. Rosen (VJ).
Kaoru Watanabe (flute), Tim Keiper (Donso Ngoni), Matt Kilmer (percussion), Mathias Kunzli (percussion), and Mike Block (cello). This was at GALA NYC: "Global Art - Local Audience", a concert series that presents world-class musicians - not to mention Grammy-nominated - in rock, bluegrass, pop, jazz, folk and classical genres, as well as dancers and visual artists, GALA NYC serves as a platform for artists from different backgrounds to collaborate and connect with one another in unique and spontaneous ways.
Performed by Chieko Kojima & Kaoru Watanabe at Rhythmix Cultural Works on Friday March 4, 2011 as part of the Island to Island concert. This piece is Chieko's interpretation of a traditional drumming style from the Hachijo Islands. Chieko Kojima is a founding member of Kodo from Japan.
This collaboration mixed Japanese and Arabic calligraphy characters, as well as other imagery by Kevork Mourad, with Kaoru on flute, and Mathias on percussion.
Kenny Endo and Kaoru Watanabe at the Lush Life Gallery in the Jazz Heritage Center of San Francisco, CA. May 23, 2012 "Together Alone" by Kaoru Watanabe
Camera: Pons Maar & Maurice Ramirez Edit: Pons Maar
Kaoru Watanabe's "Resonance" *Footage from "Resonance 2010: Reflections" filmed on 8/28 at SuperDeluxe, Tokyo. n 2007, while still serving as the artistic director for the world renowned Japanese performing arts group KODO, fue/flute player Kaoru Watanabe called together a group of friends to form Resonance, a one-night multimedia celebration of sight and sound that astounded the audience.
This is the beginning of the first half of "Amaterasu", filmed in May 2006 in Tokyo. Tamasaburo directed the performance and co-staged with the Taiko group Kodo. He plays Amaterasu (sun goddess) while Fujimoto Yoshikazu plays Amaterasu's brother Susanoo (god of sea and storm).
In rehearsal for Khoomei Taiko Ensemble. Tsukiyono (Moon/Evening/Feild) written by Kaoru Watanabe. Performed with young morin khuur (Mongolian horse-head fiddle) master Shinetsog Sept '09 khoomtai.blogspot.com/ watanabekaoru.com