One composed and performed by Kaoru Watanabe
Improvisations on the theme of Dojoji featuring Chieko Kojima starting at 8'38"
Shane Shanahan -darabukka
Sandeep Das - cajon
Edward Perez - bass
Kaoru Watanabe - shinobue
In duo with brilliant cellist (and inventor of the Block Strap- standing cello harness) Mike Block at the prestigious Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood.
Brooklyn based collective featuring Chris Dingman (vibes), Matt Kilmer (percussion), Tim Keiper (ngoni/percussion) and Kaoru Watanabe (flutes) Dec 2013.
Tenri Cultural Institute NYC Feb 6, 2008
Alicia Hall Moran's Motown Project at the Highline Ballroom. Featuring Jason Moran, Tarus Mateen, Thomas Flippin, Adan Vasquez, Steven Herring.
Musicians Yuta Sumiyoshi (from Kodo) and Fumi Tanakadate in La Jolla, California.
Recorded in just two takes, this video features Kaoru performing an improvisation twice. Take one was then layered on top of take two to create a duet.
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).
A more youthful version of myself performing with Kodo in 2004 as part of One Earth Tour Special directed by Bando Tamasaburo.
I'm proud of what this group of college students was able to achieve- a varied program of taiko and fue repertoire.
A collage of pieces that I performed duo with the great Patrick Graham
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).
From Kenny Endo 40th Anniversary Concert "Ten Ten" 2015
Recorded live at rRed Elephant in Honolulu, HI Feb 9, 2007
IN THIS EPISODE A musician attempts to make a flute out of a pickle.
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