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Dinner and a show: Tatsuya Nakatani is going to play drums and cook food at PS1 this Wednesday


Photo by  Scott Dye
Acoustic sound artist Tatsuya Nakatani plays tonight at PS1. — photo by Scott Dye

Tatsuya Nakatani w. Curt Oren, David Hurlin

Public Space One — Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. ($5, all ages)

Nothing goes together like drums and japanese cooking (I think?), and Public Space One will be offering both this Wednesday night, when experimental percussionist (and former sushi chef) Tatsuya Nakatani will be offering a performance and a Japanese cooking demonstration. Local experimental percussionist David Hurlin and saxophonist Curt Oren will be opening, and the three will also perform together as an improvisational trio.

Tatsuya Nakatani is a world-class percussionist, and even if the thought of experimental solo drumming doesn’t sound appealing, Nakatani’s performance should still impress. With a focus on gong-work, his style of performance is a borderline magic act; you are guaranteed, at some point, to wonder how he does what he does. Though experimental music performances usually don’t warrant spoiler alerts, there are a handful of techniques he utilizes that are best seen without prior knowledge. Case in point, he regularly uses a small cymbal as a mouthpiece, blowing into it like a trumpet while setting it on a snare drum, making an ecstatic and powerful sound.

Though he’s appeared on albums by Akron/Family and played at huge venues like the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Nakatani still thrives in intimate settings like that of PS1. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and is open to all ages. A $5 door fee will get you some Japanese cuisine as well as some excellent music.


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