Monday, July 7, 2008

Kaoru Watanabe, Tatsuya Nakatani and Adam Rudolph @ The Stone 7/6/08

This was awesome. I’m always up for Adam Rudolph, I’ve seen him many times and he never disappoints. I didn’t know the other 2, but they were great. Adam had 3 congas, a djembe, and the bass drum from the kit. He also had a few other little percussion things and an interesting horn that looked like it was from The Flintstones. Nakatani had a very interesting setup. A few drums from the kit, which he did play a little. He was really mainly using them in conjunction with whatever he put on top of them: various cymbals and lots of other type of metal things. He also had a large gong. He was fascinating to watch. Watanabe had about 6 flutes and they were really cool. I was so into the percussion I didn’t really take note of the differences in the flutes. It was a lot of frequencies and different sounds. It was great.

Kaoru Watanabe, Tatsuya Nakatani and Adam RudolphKaoru Watanabe (western and Japanese traverse flutes) Tatsuya Nakatani (percussion) Adam Rudolph (percussion)Kaoru, former principle flutist and artistic director of Japan's acclaimed taiko ensemble KODO, performing improvisations inspired by the musical landscapes of the Kabuki theater, Gagaku, and Noh with two master percussionists Tatsuya and Adam Rudolph.

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