Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Recording: Nakatani/Posen/Fernandes

Artist: Tatsuya Nakatani with Mika Posen & Danielle Fernandes

Song: [excerpt]

Recorded at The Tranzac's Southern Cross Lounge (TONE Festival – Show #1), June 14, 2017.

Tatsuya Nakatani with Mika Posen & Danielle Fernandes - [excerpt]

Although the local "jazz" festival is anticipated in some quarters, it seemed that too often there was no home there for adventurous and experimental creators. Thus, out of necessity, the TONE Festival was born to give these touring musicians a chance to connect with local audiences and artists. A collaboration between Burn Down the Capital's Tad Michalak, Ron Gaskin (a.k.a. Rough Idea) and Karen Ng and Daniel Pencer, the goal was to create shows that were rewarding for players and listeners alike. Tatsuya Nakatani's third annual-ish Canadian excursion saw him bringing his Gong Orchestra north of the border for the first time for a performance in Peterborough. Word on the street is that T.O. might be getting an opportunity to hear it next time 'round, but for now, this trip found him in a similar solo + group combination to his previous visit to these parts. But unlike last year, when the ad hoc ensemble seemed to be a bit too busy for Nakatani's taste, this trio seemed designed to leave some open spaces, pitting his percussive forays against Mika Posen's violin and pedals and Danielle Fernandes' alto sax. The latter, up from Guelph, was new to many in the room, but made a favourable impression with her looping, curling licks, combining with Posen's drone skritches to give Nakatani plenty elbow room in which to work.

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