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.
“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