Nakatani Gong Orchestra at CAM

This Friday is one of my favorite gigs of the year, the Nakatani Gong Orchestra is performing at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh. Luke Buchanan, Lincoln Hancock, Dan Partridge, Chris Eubank, Lisa McQuay, Crowmeat Bob, myself, and a few others will be performing with Tatsuya.

Watch the NGO last year in Austin:


Show starts at 8pm with a solo set from Tatsuya followed by the Nakatani Gong Orchestra. More information/buy tickets here.

You can hear the NGO’s great vinyl release on Taiga on past editions of my radio show: here and here.


Tatsuya Naktani & Shane Perlowin 11/16

Tatsuya Naktani & Shane Perlowin will be playing 11/16 at Fellowship Hall in Durham (719 N. Mangum Street). Dan Ruccia‘s Cyanotype will be opening (with whom I will be playing).

9pm $8-10 Facebook event page

IndyWeek preview:

Shane Perlowin is the guitar player from the wonderful and scrupulous Asheville instro-rock band Ahleuchatistas. Based in Pennsylvania, percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani animates a world of chimes, gongs, bells and snares, constructing widescreen and incredibly detailed soundscapes with his drum kit. Their debut duo record, Anatomy of a Moment, is a study in finesse and attentiveness, with two masterful players sidestepping egos to listen instead for relationships. With Cyanotype. SATURDAY, NOV. 16, AT FELLOWSHIP HALL. $8–$10/9 p.m

Hear the title track from Tatsuya & Shane’s new album releasing this month on New Atlantis Records/Nakatani-Kobo.


Nakatani Gong Orchestra February 14

Tatsuya Nakatani, one of the great road warriors of improvised music, will be back in Raleigh February 14 at Marsh Woodwinds leading his Nakatani Gong Orchestra project. I had the great fortune of playing with the NGO last year (easily one of the best musical experiences of my life) and am greatly looking forward to doing it again. The local version of the NGO will include Neill Prewitt, Ellie Blake, Phaedra Kelly, Lincoln Hancock, Chris Eubank, Lisa McQuay, Crowmeat Bob, and myself. Show starts at 8pm.

You can hear the NGO’s great vinyl release on Taiga on past editions of my radio show: here and here. Video of the NGO performing last year at the Kennedy Center is here.

Tatsuya Nakatani at Kings 2/13/12

I feel very fortunate to be playing with the great percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani at Kings Barcade in Raleigh on Monday February 13, 2012 with Crowmeat Bob, Carrie Shull, Xopher Thurston, and Craig Hilton. Show starts at 9pm and is free!

Tatsuya is also playing Sunday February 12, 2012 at the Nightlight in Chapel Hill with the Nakatani Gong Orchestra. The local edition of the NGO is scheduled to be Chris Eubank, Lisa McQuay, Carrie Shull, Alexis Mastromichalis, Dan Partridge, Crowmeat Bob. Show starts at 9pm and is $6.

UPDATE: I will be playing with the NGO on Sunday too! There is video of the NGO’s performance on Friday at the Kennedy Center here.

The blurb from The Independent:

Experimental percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani mixes the acoustic rumble and clatter of expressive drumming with the metallic cries of bowed cymbals and gongs. His Monday Kings show is one of two Triangle shows in as many days (Sunday night he brings his exciting new gong orchestra to Chapel Hill’s Nightlight). In Raleigh, he’ll pair his usually unusual solo set with a collaborative improv featuring notable local avant-players Carrie Shull, David Menestres, Craig Hilton, Xopher Thurston and “Crowmeat” Bob Pence. Some of the most poignant sounds of this evening will be delicate, nuanced and whisper-quiet, so come prepared to listen only. —Corbie Hill