We're are very excited to be making art in the truest sense by bringing together people from different backgrounds and disciplines in a communal sonic atmosphere. Each night features a different ensemble made up of a mashup of JACK regulars and volunteers, and a solo set by Nakatani himself.
JANUARY 30th ENSEMBLE (Schedule subject to change) Kim Dooley Levy Lorenzo Philip White John Dunlap Shin Ono Glen Fittin David Grollman Matt Chills Tons Wili B. Vorticez Chris Pitsiokos Duck Bill Nikaury Rodriguez
JANUARY 31 ENSEMBLE Mimi Lien Marc Edwards Ingrid Laubrock Christy Dunbar John Murchison Ike Ufomadu Mia Walter Casey John Opstad Bonnie FireUrchin Lambourn Nick DeLuca Dre Hocevar
NGO Nakatani Gong Orchestra statement NGO is a non-traditional music orchestra, directed by Tatsuya Nakatani, 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. His original idea of NGO was create a rich harmony of multiple gongs, by sharing simple techniques to players and audiences. For each show, he gives specialized training to locally selected gong players. Each player is able to quickly learn about the gong instruments, playing techniques and sign conducting from the conductor Tatsuya Nakatani. This is an ongoing, successful growing project and the only bowing based Gong orchestra exist in the world. The Gong sound is simply magic to anyone. NGO has performed over 50 shows all over the USA since April 2011. Each performance has inspired spirit of all attendees. Many audience members say "I have never experienced this before", in addition they describe having pure cleansing feeling after the event.
(This project is not a gong show or gong bath or for spiritual ceremonial purposes)
NGO establishment 2002 Nakatani slowly started to imagine this project in his head. 2011 NGO started on the road coast to coast in the USA, (50 shows by 7/2013) 2012 LP released by Taiga Records in Minneapolis. http://www.taigarecords.com 2012 The John F Kennedy Center for performing arts Washington DC 2012/2013 Bemis center for contemporary art, Omaha NE 2013 Tigertail Productions present at Miami Dade County Auditorium. 2013Upgrading more Gongs and equipments
NGO Video Video clip from Kennedy Center show on 2/10/2012 (TALK+SOLO+NGO, please skip earlier part) http://www.kennedy-center.org/explorer/artists/?entity_id=82712&source_
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