Tatsuya Nakatani Gong Orchestra

  • Art In 1444 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States
Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Pennsylvania-based Tatsuya Nakatani needs only himself and a few percussion odds and ends to conjure up far-fetched but disciplined whirlwinds of sound, using all manner of unconventional techniques to wring unusual timbers from instruments that span from drumkits to singing bowls. He's been here many times over the years to perform his bracing solo sets, but here he'll be leading his Gong Orchestra project. He'll work with 14 locally based musicians who've learned his technique of bowing gongs to produce a complex, beautiful, and massive array of harmonics. A 2012 album on Taiga Records, Nakatani Gong Orchestra, helps to capture how subtle and delicate this approach can sound, but there's also no mistaking the formidable rumble that Nakatani's techniques can create. We have a ticket presale up now. —Scott Gordon