music Nakatani & Doneda, Victor Pons, Bradley Bailey
8:00PM - - - Price: 7
At the First Existentialist Congregation
470 Candler Park Dr, NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
Tatsuya Nakatani is a creative percussionist originally from Osaka, Japan. He has been residing in the USA since 1994 and is currently based in Easton, PA. Since the late 1990s, Mr. Nakatani has released over sixty recordings in the USA and Europe and has performed countless solo percussion concerts through intensive touring. He has also collaborated with hundreds of other artists internationally and presented masterclasses, workshops and lectures across the USA and around the world.
Nakatani's approach to music is visceral, non-linear and intuitively primitive, expressing an unusually strong spirit while avoiding any categorization. He creates sound via both traditional and extended percussion techniques, utilizing drums, bowed gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects and bells, as well as various sticks, kitchen tools and homemade bows, all of which manifest in anintense and organic music that represents a very personal sonic world. His approach is steeped in the sensibilities of free improvisation, experimental music, jazz, rock, and noise, and yet retains the sense of space and quiet beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music. His percussion instruments can imitate the sounds of a trumpet, a stringed instrumentor an electronic device to the extent that it becomes difficult to recognize the source of the sound. He has devoted himself to a musical aesthetic where rhythm gives way to pulse, often in a way that is not always audible or visible, in currents that incorporate silence and texture.Nakatani’s primary music activities include solo percussion performance, N.G.O. (Nakatani Gong Orchestra) and collaborations with musicians and dancers both in live performance and recordings.
Michel Doneda has been involved with music since he was 15 years old in the Harmonie Municipale and through playing in several dance bands; his first instrument was the alto saxophone. In 1980, in Toulouse, he created the reeds trio 'Hic et Nunc' with Steve Robbins and Didier Masmalet and, in collaboration with Théâtre de l'Acte, began l'Institut de Recherches et d'Echanges Artistiques (I.R.E.A.) comprising actors, poets, and musicians all interested in the possibilities of improvisation. At the same time, he played with the musicians of the collective G.R.I.M. in Marseille as well as the 'Tour de France' organised by Louis Sclavis. There, he met the singer Beñat Achiary with whom he has continued his musical relationship to the present day. Exchanges and meetings increased via the festival of Chantenay-Villedieu and the nato label: meetings with Fred Van Hove, Raymond Boni, Steve Beresford, Tony Hymas, Lol Coxhill, Joêlle Léandre, Phil Wachsman, John Zorn and Ravi Prasad, among others.
Atlanta-based percussionist Victor Pons is “Amongst the radicals reshaping musical parameters” - Goat Farm Arts Center.
Although his repertoire is diverse he has a particular interest performing new works that involve vibraphone with live electronics. He is a former member of the McCormick Percussion Group and can be heard on numerous recordings including: Music of Gui Sook Lee and Concerti For Strings with Percussion Orchestra on Ravello records distributed by Naxos. Also, he can be heard on the next record released by the McCormick Percussion Group, which is currently in production. Aside from extensive solo performances he also performs with Atlanta based new music chamber ensemble Chamber Cartel and chamber rock group the Clibber Jones Ensemble.
"Truly avant garde in his approach to guitar playing and noise making but also able to write the most beautiful and raw melodies and lyrics ever to touch your soul. He recently moved out west but he's been back in Atlanta for a minute." - Rabbits Full of Magic