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Tatsuya Nakatani & The Nakatani Gong Orchestra Live
St. Maurice Church
New Orleans, LA
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Tatsuya Nakatani & The Nakatani Gong Orchestra Live
WHAT: New Orleans Airlift presents a live concert by Tatsuya Nakatani with the Nakatani Gong Orchestra featuring a live interactive sound installation Alterpiece by Taylor Lee Shepherd
WHEN: Saturday, November 22nd at 8PM
WHERE: St Maurice Church, 605 St. Maurice Ave New Orleans, LA 70117
HOW MUCH: $10.00 at the door or purchase your tickets in advance here.

New Orleans Airlift is excited to present a very special concert by avant-garde percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani with the Nakatani Gong Orchestra (NGO) who will perform with Taylor Lee Shepherd's sound installation Alterpiece. Alterpiece is made from over 50 televisions that are placed upon the church altar and reflect sound waves, responding to the musicians sound. This is the third in the Space Rites Performance Series, which will continue through January 2015. Airlift is proud to present his beautiful collaboration between visual art and music in the epic sanctuary of St. Maurice Church, a creative space by the Creative Alliance of New Orleans.

NGO is a non-traditional music orchestra, directed by Tatsuya Nakatani, an acoustic sound artist and percussionist. Originally from Japan, he is now based in Easton, PA and New York City. 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 the only bowing-based Gong orchestra to exist in the world. The Gong sound is simply magic to anyone. NGO has performed all over the U.S. including the Kennedy Center and MOCA Cleveland. Audience members have said "I have never experienced this before", in addition they describe having pure cleansing feeling after the event.

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 an intense 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.

Erik Bookhardt, Arts Writer for the Gambit writes:
New Orleans Airlift always seems to rise to the occasion, and this year its Space Rites in the Lower 9th Ward explores previously uncharted territory. .Dubbed "resurrection technology" by Rev. Charles Duplessis, who incorporates (The oscilloscopes) into his Sunday morning services, their metaphysical aura was evident on the evening of Oct. 26, when the Murmurations choir joined the Lower 9th Ward Senior Center Gospel Choir for the first concert of the series Old-time religion met avant-garde innovation as the Murmurations' haunting polyphony interacted with the female gospel group's spirited singing  they substituted "9th Ward spirit" for "old time religion" in the song of the same name. The church, . is the perfect venue for such festive down-home otherworldliness.


St. Maurice Church (View)
605 St. Maurice Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70117
United States



Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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