Join us for a unique evening of performance and conversation with Kaoru Watanabe!
Kaoru Watanabe is a Brooklyn based composer and musician who specializes in both taiko and shinobue (Japanese flutes). A former member and artistic director of the internationally renowned taiko ensemble Kodo, Kaoru is an instructor for kaDON (an online taiko and fue resource presented by Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten of Tokyo) as well as the founder of the Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center in New York. He has been a visiting lecturer at Princeton University since 2010 and has taught courses at Wesleyan University as well as Colby and Dickinson Colleges. He also has extensive training in Western music, having earned a BFA in jazz flute and saxophone performance from the Manhattan School of Music.
Hailed by master fue maker Ranjo as having the “greatest fue sound in the world,” Kaoru has worked with such luminaries as acclaimed jazz pianist Jason Moran and Japanese National Living Treasure Bando Tamasaburo. In this unique evening, he will perform current pieces, discuss his methodologies in composition and improvisation, and share his artistic influences (ranging from Noh Theater to jazz music to his experience with multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary collaboration) in an intimate and informal setting.
Bring your questions and energy to share with Kaoru! All are welcome – from longtime taiko players to those who will be experiencing taiko for the first time.