Pulsing Percussive Bursts Blurred with Experimental Low Reeds

We’re thrilled to announce our next concert with master percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani and free jazz tenor sax/bass clarinetist Assif Tsahar beginning at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 11, at Fenix Gallery on the downtown square in Fayetteville. This all ages show includes a cash donation bar for beer and wine with a $10 suggested donation at the door.

The duo welcomes special guest Gerald Sloan, a Fayetteville-based trombonist, as opener. Sloan was a longtime music professor at the University of Arkansas.

Tatsuya Nakatani--an avant garde sound artist, composer and percussionist-- takes a visceral and non-linear approach that aligns with the ideals of Trillium Salon. We redefine the live music experience by removing classical, new and experimental sounds from the sterile confines of the concert hall into intimate and unusual settings.

This reconfiguration blurs the boundary between audience and performer, inviting deep connecting resonance through sound. Nakatani states that his constant touring that his music “can only survive through an open willingness to share energy, culture, music and self on a global human scale.”

Nakatani’s sounds erupt and pulse through an elaborate set-up that may include adapted bowed gongs, drums, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects, bells, sticks, and even kitchen tools. The multifarious assemblage leaves listeners contemplating sounds they cannot trace back to a source. Within the textured collage of sounds, space and quiet beauty (as found in traditional Japanese folk of his homeland),  his “very personal sonic world” takes hold.

Originally from Osaka, Japan, Nakatani has called the U.S. his home since 1994. More than 80 recordings document the astonishing depth of sounds he’s created, which traverse free improvisation, experimental music, jazz, metal, noise, as well as, in his own words, the  “sense of space and quiet beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music.”

Nakatani’s Trillium performance is a collaboration with Israeli-born NYC-based saxophonist/clarinetist Assif Tsahar, whose deep roots in free jazz include performing and recording alongside Cecil Taylor, Hamid Drake and Ken Vandermark, just to name a few.

Check out Tsahar’s Free Music Archive page to stream music created by the duo.