Tatsuya Nakatani, Emily Hay, Steuart Liebig – East Meets West: A Concert of Improvised & Experimental Music | Porch Gallery
Date(s) - 10/03/2016
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Japanese percussionist/gong player Tatsuya Nakatani stops in Ojai on his latest cross continental concert tour to perform solos, duos, and trios with flutist/vocalist Emily Hay and electric bassist Steuart Liebig.
Tatsuya Nakatani is a creative artist/percussionist originally from Osaka, Japan who has released over sixty recordings in North America and Europe. Residing in the USA since 1994 he has performed countless solo percussion concerts and has collaborated with hundreds of artists in international music festivals, university concert halls, art museums and galleries. His latest project is the Nakatani Gong Orchestra, which builds community ensembles performing on multiple bowed gongs under his direction, as recently presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Emily Hay is a flutist, vocalist and pianist who extends the traditional roles and capabilities of her instruments by incorporating the complexity of contemporary classical technique with the spontaneity and experimentation of free improvisation. The result is startling interpretations of sound and intense ensemble interaction. Her explorations on the flute and alto flute embody unusual tone colors and soaring rhythmic structures, augmented by electronically generated effects and often overlapped by unusual vocalizations ranging from primal to operatic with lyrics and sounds from the stream of consciousness.
Steuart Liebig — Hearing Renaissance vocal music alongside 20th-century classics and jazz at an early age and then later hearing some of the cutting-edge rock music of 1960s Los Angeles and many traveling blues bands at the legendary Ash Grove probably started me on a path that would include many different types of music.
Taking up the electric bass in my early teens, my first playing experiences were, like many of my generation, involved in the rock and blues worlds. In high school I was introduced to jazz, though I often found myself bored with many of the mainstream sounds presented to me and started to search out more “exotic” strains of improvised music. In my early college days, I was lucky enough to find people who were sympathetic and with whom I would have long-lasting musical relationships.