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New Concepts In Taiko

Kaoru Watanabe (USA) 
New Concepts In Taiko
March 23 | 11:00am
  • I usually work with ensembles, collaborating with musicians, dancers, visual artists, etc. but during the pandemic, I was able to devote time to explore creating solo material for myself. Part of this exploration was using technology to record and playback improvisations and to create loops. 
  • Some of the challenges: 1) how to seamlessly incorporate improvisation and set music with the recording and looping 2) balancing acoustic and recorded sound in live performance 3) using different methods for triggering loops/recordings 4) how to deal with bleed between recorded music and music being played live to loop.
  • About the compositions and compositional process: Many of my compositions are explorations of re-contextualizing traditional Japanese music (ie. Noh, Kabuki, Gagaku) into the modern world (especially music, ie. Black American jazz, new music) and contemporary themes (US politics, race relations, the pandemic, etc ) and personal stories (my family, my upbringing, my heritage). 
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