Kaoru Watanabe and Yasushi Nakamura Concert
Sunday, April 2 at 2:00 p.m.
New York Buddhist Church – 332 Riverside Drive (between 105th and 106th Streets)
Suggested Donation: $20
Kaoru Watanabe, Grammy nominated composer and practitioner of the Japanese taiko drum and shinobue bamboo flutes, is known for artfully combining traditional Japanese ritual and theater music with complex compositional and improvisational elements of jazz and other global music
Watanabe was a performing member and Artistic Director of the iconic Japanese taiko performing arts group KODO and has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Japanese National Living Treasure Bando Tamasaburo, and has created music for Martin Scorsese. Master shinobue maker Ranjo has called Watanabe’s sound on the fue the “greatest in the world.”
One of the most commanding voices on bass today, Yasushi Nakamura is praised for imaginative, quicksilver bass lines that deepen the groove. His blend of guitar-like precision and gut-level blues has sparked collaborations with artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Hank Jones, Dave Douglas, Steve Miller, and more. With his charismatic stage presence and artful, hard-swinging melodic touch, Nakamura is a first-call performer capturing new audiences and fans around the world.
For more information, please visit New York Buddhist Church’s website.