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Master percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani will direct an 11-member ensemble of local musicians, all playing gongs, on Friday, May 2, in the historic Back Alley Theater, 1365 Kennedy Street NW (corner of 14th/Kennedy/Colorado NW). Doors will open at 7pm; tickets are $12 at the door or $10 in advance.

The concert will begin at 8pm with a set of solo percussion by Mr. Nakatani, followed by the music of the gong orchestra at 9pm.
The Nakatani Gong Orchestra was conceived by Tatsuya Nakatani over 10 years ago and, according to his website, is the only bowed-gong orchestra existing in the world. Prior to each concert, Mr. Nakatani holds a rehearsal with a diverse ensemble of local players (musicians and non-musicians alike), teaching them the simple bowing techniques and conducting cues needed for the performance.
Tatsuya Nakatani is an acoustic sound artist and percussionist. Originally from Japan, he has been residing in the USA for 18 years. He is now based in Easton, PA and New York City. The Nakatani Gong Orchestra has performed over 50 shows all over the USA since April 2011, including once previously in DC on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in February 2012.
from jazzrightnow.com:
“Under Nakatani’s direction, [the orchestra’s] sound grew out of nothingness with deep resonance. The sound from the bigger gongs burned like embers underneath the mid-sized and smaller gongs that gradually soared. The fluid body of sound grew and waned and then grew again as some players switched from handmade bows to mallets and back again. The music was meditative, the gong vibrations washing over the audience. Then, just as the music had emerged, it receded slowly until the sound and silence were one. An enticing experience of new music, the concert adds to the anticipation of what this percussion visionary will do next.”–Cisco Bradley, 1 Feb 2014
Master percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani will direct an 11-member ensemble of local musicians, all playing gongs, on Friday, May 2, in the historic Back Alley Theater, 1365 Kennedy Street NW (corner of 14th/Kennedy/Colorado NW). Doors will open at 7pm; tickets are $12 at the door or $10 in advance.

The concert will begin at 8pm with a set of solo percussion by Mr. Nakatani, followed by the music of the gong orchestra at 9pm.

The Nakatani Gong Orchestra was conceived by Tatsuya Nakatani over 10 years ago and, according to his website, is the only bowed-gong orchestra existing in the world. Prior to each concert, Mr. Nakatani holds a rehearsal with a diverse ensemble of local players (musicians and non-musicians alike), teaching them the simple bowing techniques and conducting cues needed for the performance.

Tatsuya Nakatani is an acoustic sound artist and percussionist. Originally from Japan, he has been residing in the USA for 18 years. He is now based in Easton, PA and New York City. The Nakatani Gong Orchestra has performed over 50 shows all over the USA since April 2011, including once previously in DC on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in February 2012.

from jazzrightnow.com:

“Under Nakatani’s direction, [the orchestra’s] sound grew out of nothingness with deep resonance. The sound from the bigger gongs burned like embers underneath the mid-sized and smaller gongs that gradually soared. The fluid body of sound grew and waned and then grew again as some players switched from handmade bows to mallets and back again. The music was meditative, the gong vibrations washing over the audience. Then, just as the music had emerged, it receded slowly until the sound and silence were one. An enticing experience of new music, the concert adds to the anticipation of what this percussion visionary will do next.”–Cisco Bradley, 1 Feb 2014

The Back Alley Theater is back! Sunday, April 6, 2014:Pet Bottle Ningen Archer Spade with Erik Ruin Weed Tree
We are very excited to announce the return of the Back Alley Theater! We have a fabulous night of new music to present. Pet Bottle Ningen is an “avant-garde rocketship which journeys through musical worlds of composition featuring four of New York City’s finest young ‘Downtown’ musicians.” Archer Spade is an experimental chamber music duo, featuring trombone and guitar, from Philadelphia. They’ll be joined by Providence projectionist extraordinaire Erik Ruin. D.C.’s Weed Tree (Amanda Huron on drums, Layne Garrett on guitar and percussion) rounds out the evening. 
This show begins at 7:00 PM. $5-$10 sliding scale, all proceeds to touring performers. All ages. All welcome!

The Back Alley Theater is back! Sunday, April 6, 2014:
Pet Bottle Ningen
Archer Spade with Erik Ruin
Weed Tree

We are very excited to announce the return of the Back Alley Theater! We have a fabulous night of new music to present. Pet Bottle Ningen is an “avant-garde rocketship which journeys through musical worlds of composition featuring four of New York City’s finest young ‘Downtown’ musicians.” Archer Spade is an experimental chamber music duo, featuring trombone and guitar, from Philadelphia. They’ll be joined by Providence projectionist extraordinaire Erik Ruin. D.C.’s Weed Tree (Amanda Huron on drums, Layne Garrett on guitar and percussion) rounds out the evening. 

This show begins at 7:00 PM. $5-$10 sliding scale, all proceeds to touring performers. All ages. All welcome!

Thursday, May 2, 2013: D.C. Moving Pictures presents a special screening of The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover, at the Back Alley Theater, 7:00 PM!

Thursday, May 2, 2013: D.C. Moving Pictures presents a special screening of The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover, at the Back Alley Theater, 7:00 PM!





On Thursday, April 13, 2013, Katze, TAPS, Ben Miller/Degeneration, and Insect Factory played the Back Alley Theater.

On Thursday, April 13, 2013, Katze, TAPS, Ben Miller/Degeneration, and Insect Factory played the Back Alley Theater.

Janet Feder and Susan Alcorn at the Back Alley Theater on Friday, June 8, 2012.  With Insect Factory, T.J. Borden and Keir Neuringer. [Photo: David Lobato.]

Janet Feder and Susan Alcorn at the Back Alley Theater on Friday, June 8, 2012.  With Insect Factory, T.J. Borden and Keir Neuringer. [Photo: David Lobato.]

Travis Laplante at the Back Alley Theater on May 19, 2012.  With Peter Evans, OOO, and the Morris, Sebastian and Zook Ensemble.   

Travis Laplante at the Back Alley Theater on May 19, 2012.  With Peter EvansOOO, and the Morris, Sebastian and Zook Ensemble.   

The Morris, Sebastian and Zook Ensemble at the Back Alley Theater on May 19, 2012.  With Peter Evans, Travis Laplante, and OOO.  

The Morris, Sebastian and Zook Ensemble at the Back Alley Theater on May 19, 2012.  With Peter EvansTravis Laplante, and OOO.  

Valerie Kuehne at the Back Alley Theater on April 22, 2012.  With Diamond Terrifier, Patrick Higgins, Joey Molinaro and 36.  [Photo: Paolo Valladolid]

Valerie Kuehne at the Back Alley Theater on April 22, 2012.  With Diamond Terrifier, Patrick Higgins, Joey Molinaro and 36.  [Photo: Paolo Valladolid]

Diamond Terrifier at the Back Alley Theater on April 22, 2012.  With Patrick Higgins, Joey Molinaro, Valerie Kuehne and 36. 

Diamond Terrifier at the Back Alley Theater on April 22, 2012.  With Patrick Higgins, Joey Molinaro, Valerie Kuehne and 36

Susan Alcorn at the Back Alley Theater on April 3, 2012.  With Ember Schrag and Weed Tree.  [Photo: Paolo Valladolid]

Susan Alcorn at the Back Alley Theater on April 3, 2012.  With Ember Schrag and Weed Tree.  [Photo: Paolo Valladolid]

Weed Tree at the Back Alley Theater on April 3, 2012.  With Ember Schrag and Susan Alcorn.  [Photo: Ember Schrag]

Weed Tree at the Back Alley Theater on April 3, 2012.  With Ember Schrag and Susan Alcorn.  [Photo: Ember Schrag]

Luke Stewart and Thomas Helton performing at the Back Alley Theater on February 16, 2012 (with Thomas Helton solo and Borborites). 

Luke Stewart and Thomas Helton performing at the Back Alley Theater on February 16, 2012 (with Thomas Helton solo and Borborites). 

Joy Hooks and Ronald Stephens in “Day of Absence,” produced at the Back Alley Theater in 1970.

Joy Hooks and Ronald Stephens in “Day of Absence,” produced at the Back Alley Theater in 1970.

Waiting in line to enter the D.C. Grey Market, held inside the Back Alley Theater space, January 28, 2012. 

Waiting in line to enter the D.C. Grey Market, held inside the Back Alley Theater space, January 28, 2012. 

Master percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani will direct an 11-member ensemble of local musicians, all playing gongs, on Friday, May 2, in the historic Back Alley Theater, 1365 Kennedy Street NW (corner of 14th/Kennedy/Colorado NW). Doors will open at 7pm; tickets are $12 at the door or $10 in advance.

The concert will begin at 8pm with a set of solo percussion by Mr. Nakatani, followed by the music of the gong orchestra at 9pm.
The Nakatani Gong Orchestra was conceived by Tatsuya Nakatani over 10 years ago and, according to his website, is the only bowed-gong orchestra existing in the world. Prior to each concert, Mr. Nakatani holds a rehearsal with a diverse ensemble of local players (musicians and non-musicians alike), teaching them the simple bowing techniques and conducting cues needed for the performance.
Tatsuya Nakatani is an acoustic sound artist and percussionist. Originally from Japan, he has been residing in the USA for 18 years. He is now based in Easton, PA and New York City. The Nakatani Gong Orchestra has performed over 50 shows all over the USA since April 2011, including once previously in DC on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in February 2012.
from jazzrightnow.com:
“Under Nakatani’s direction, [the orchestra’s] sound grew out of nothingness with deep resonance. The sound from the bigger gongs burned like embers underneath the mid-sized and smaller gongs that gradually soared. The fluid body of sound grew and waned and then grew again as some players switched from handmade bows to mallets and back again. The music was meditative, the gong vibrations washing over the audience. Then, just as the music had emerged, it receded slowly until the sound and silence were one. An enticing experience of new music, the concert adds to the anticipation of what this percussion visionary will do next.”–Cisco Bradley, 1 Feb 2014
Master percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani will direct an 11-member ensemble of local musicians, all playing gongs, on Friday, May 2, in the historic Back Alley Theater, 1365 Kennedy Street NW (corner of 14th/Kennedy/Colorado NW). Doors will open at 7pm; tickets are $12 at the door or $10 in advance.

The concert will begin at 8pm with a set of solo percussion by Mr. Nakatani, followed by the music of the gong orchestra at 9pm.

The Nakatani Gong Orchestra was conceived by Tatsuya Nakatani over 10 years ago and, according to his website, is the only bowed-gong orchestra existing in the world. Prior to each concert, Mr. Nakatani holds a rehearsal with a diverse ensemble of local players (musicians and non-musicians alike), teaching them the simple bowing techniques and conducting cues needed for the performance.

Tatsuya Nakatani is an acoustic sound artist and percussionist. Originally from Japan, he has been residing in the USA for 18 years. He is now based in Easton, PA and New York City. The Nakatani Gong Orchestra has performed over 50 shows all over the USA since April 2011, including once previously in DC on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in February 2012.

from jazzrightnow.com:

“Under Nakatani’s direction, [the orchestra’s] sound grew out of nothingness with deep resonance. The sound from the bigger gongs burned like embers underneath the mid-sized and smaller gongs that gradually soared. The fluid body of sound grew and waned and then grew again as some players switched from handmade bows to mallets and back again. The music was meditative, the gong vibrations washing over the audience. Then, just as the music had emerged, it receded slowly until the sound and silence were one. An enticing experience of new music, the concert adds to the anticipation of what this percussion visionary will do next.”–Cisco Bradley, 1 Feb 2014

The Back Alley Theater is back! Sunday, April 6, 2014:Pet Bottle Ningen Archer Spade with Erik Ruin Weed Tree
We are very excited to announce the return of the Back Alley Theater! We have a fabulous night of new music to present. Pet Bottle Ningen is an “avant-garde rocketship which journeys through musical worlds of composition featuring four of New York City’s finest young ‘Downtown’ musicians.” Archer Spade is an experimental chamber music duo, featuring trombone and guitar, from Philadelphia. They’ll be joined by Providence projectionist extraordinaire Erik Ruin. D.C.’s Weed Tree (Amanda Huron on drums, Layne Garrett on guitar and percussion) rounds out the evening. 
This show begins at 7:00 PM. $5-$10 sliding scale, all proceeds to touring performers. All ages. All welcome!

The Back Alley Theater is back! Sunday, April 6, 2014:
Pet Bottle Ningen
Archer Spade with Erik Ruin
Weed Tree

We are very excited to announce the return of the Back Alley Theater! We have a fabulous night of new music to present. Pet Bottle Ningen is an “avant-garde rocketship which journeys through musical worlds of composition featuring four of New York City’s finest young ‘Downtown’ musicians.” Archer Spade is an experimental chamber music duo, featuring trombone and guitar, from Philadelphia. They’ll be joined by Providence projectionist extraordinaire Erik Ruin. D.C.’s Weed Tree (Amanda Huron on drums, Layne Garrett on guitar and percussion) rounds out the evening. 

This show begins at 7:00 PM. $5-$10 sliding scale, all proceeds to touring performers. All ages. All welcome!

Thursday, May 2, 2013: D.C. Moving Pictures presents a special screening of The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover, at the Back Alley Theater, 7:00 PM!

Thursday, May 2, 2013: D.C. Moving Pictures presents a special screening of The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover, at the Back Alley Theater, 7:00 PM!





On Thursday, April 13, 2013, Katze, TAPS, Ben Miller/Degeneration, and Insect Factory played the Back Alley Theater.

On Thursday, April 13, 2013, Katze, TAPS, Ben Miller/Degeneration, and Insect Factory played the Back Alley Theater.

Janet Feder and Susan Alcorn at the Back Alley Theater on Friday, June 8, 2012.  With Insect Factory, T.J. Borden and Keir Neuringer. [Photo: David Lobato.]

Janet Feder and Susan Alcorn at the Back Alley Theater on Friday, June 8, 2012.  With Insect Factory, T.J. Borden and Keir Neuringer. [Photo: David Lobato.]

Travis Laplante at the Back Alley Theater on May 19, 2012.  With Peter Evans, OOO, and the Morris, Sebastian and Zook Ensemble.   

Travis Laplante at the Back Alley Theater on May 19, 2012.  With Peter EvansOOO, and the Morris, Sebastian and Zook Ensemble.   

The Morris, Sebastian and Zook Ensemble at the Back Alley Theater on May 19, 2012.  With Peter Evans, Travis Laplante, and OOO.  

The Morris, Sebastian and Zook Ensemble at the Back Alley Theater on May 19, 2012.  With Peter EvansTravis Laplante, and OOO.  

Valerie Kuehne at the Back Alley Theater on April 22, 2012.  With Diamond Terrifier, Patrick Higgins, Joey Molinaro and 36.  [Photo: Paolo Valladolid]

Valerie Kuehne at the Back Alley Theater on April 22, 2012.  With Diamond Terrifier, Patrick Higgins, Joey Molinaro and 36.  [Photo: Paolo Valladolid]

Diamond Terrifier at the Back Alley Theater on April 22, 2012.  With Patrick Higgins, Joey Molinaro, Valerie Kuehne and 36. 

Diamond Terrifier at the Back Alley Theater on April 22, 2012.  With Patrick Higgins, Joey Molinaro, Valerie Kuehne and 36

Susan Alcorn at the Back Alley Theater on April 3, 2012.  With Ember Schrag and Weed Tree.  [Photo: Paolo Valladolid]

Susan Alcorn at the Back Alley Theater on April 3, 2012.  With Ember Schrag and Weed Tree.  [Photo: Paolo Valladolid]

Weed Tree at the Back Alley Theater on April 3, 2012.  With Ember Schrag and Susan Alcorn.  [Photo: Ember Schrag]

Weed Tree at the Back Alley Theater on April 3, 2012.  With Ember Schrag and Susan Alcorn.  [Photo: Ember Schrag]

Luke Stewart and Thomas Helton performing at the Back Alley Theater on February 16, 2012 (with Thomas Helton solo and Borborites). 

Luke Stewart and Thomas Helton performing at the Back Alley Theater on February 16, 2012 (with Thomas Helton solo and Borborites). 

Joy Hooks and Ronald Stephens in “Day of Absence,” produced at the Back Alley Theater in 1970.

Joy Hooks and Ronald Stephens in “Day of Absence,” produced at the Back Alley Theater in 1970.

Waiting in line to enter the D.C. Grey Market, held inside the Back Alley Theater space, January 28, 2012. 

Waiting in line to enter the D.C. Grey Market, held inside the Back Alley Theater space, January 28, 2012. 

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