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Assif Tsahar & Tatsuya Nakatani

  • Café Coda 1224 Williamson Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Tone Madison presents a performance from two master improvisers. Info/tix


Percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani has unlocked a vast palette of sounds from drumkits, gongs, bows, singing bowls, and any number of other resourcefully applied objects, and is probably best known for playing improvised solo sets that manage to create a suspenseful, engaging musical arc while reaching toward the revelatory edges of discipline and technique. Nakatani last came to Madison to conduct his touring gong orchestra project with a group of quickly trained local musicians, a way of wringing yet further possibility from his harmonically complex approach to playing gongs with bows. However, Nakatani has also collaborated widely in the jazz and avant-garde music realms, and one of his longest-running exchanges is with Israel-born, New York-based saxophonist Assif Tsahar. The 2012 release I Got It Bad finds Tsahar responding to Nakatani's uniquely dynamic percussion with both strands of melody and abstract textural explorations. The two will play an improvised show here, presented by Tone Madison. We have tickets available online, and there is a discount available for Tone Madison Sustainers. —Scott Gordon