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v25 – Sunday October 29th 2023 – NGO

Tatsuya Nakatani & Nakatani Gong Orchestra 

presented by Send+Receive in partnership with GroundSwell


    • Tatsuya Nakatani

    • Nakatani Gong Orchestra

Esplanade Riel

$20 donation/no one turned away for lack of funds | 7:00pm

On a bridge overlooking the Red River, our final concert of the year features percussionist and composer Tatsuya Nakatani in a solo performance, followed by a local iteration of his renowned Nakatani Gong Orchestra, with players from Winnipeg’s eXperimental Improv Ensemble (XIE) and the University of Manitoba Percussion Ensemble. Tickets available now.

Presented in partnership with GroundSwell.

Tatsuya Nakatani is an avant-garde percussionist, composer, and artist of sound. Active internationally since the 1990s, Nakatani has released over 80 recordings and tours extensively, performing over 150 concerts a year. His primary focus is his solo work and his large ensemble project, the Nakatani Gong Orchestra. He teaches master classes and lectures at universities and music conservatories around the world. Originally from Japan, he makes his home in the desert town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. With his activity in new music, improvisation, and experimental music, Nakatani has a long history of collaboration.

Nakatani’s distinctive music centered around his adapted bowed gong, supported by an array of drums, cymbals, and singing bowls. In consort with his personally hand-carved Kobo Bows, he has spent decades refining and developing his sound as an arrangement of formations of vibrations, incorporated in shimmering layers of silence and texture. Within this contemporary work, one can still recognize the dramatic pacing, formal elegance and space (ma) felt in traditional Japanese music.

The eXperimental Improv Ensemble (XIE) is:

Kelsen Hadder

Chanson Lussier

Tamir Moore-Freedman

Phenix Rock

Christopher Woytyshyn

Gordon Fitzell, director