Experimental percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani is one of the most captivating and inventive performers to appear in Charlottesville in recent years. He has developed a wide range of solo percussion techniques that incorporate chimes, cymbals, gongs, and more into a vast field of sound that ranges from deep, epic drones to energetic spasms of wild energy. His performances are hypnotically entertaining; deeply immersed in the avant-garde but fascinating even to the most casual or unprepared observer.
Originally from Osaka, Japan, Nakatani has spent the past several years living and teaching in Easton, Pennsylvania, and performs relentlessly, embarking on annual excursions that often take him on several-months-long tours around the world; his next appearance in Charlottesville is at The Bridge PAI on Tuesday, May 8th. The concert begins at 8pm and they request a donation of $7.
Check out a clip of Tatsuya Nakatani’s last performance at The Bridge in November of 2010, courtesy of local videography Dave Ecklund: