Kaoru Watanabe


"Kaoru Watanabe: a rare musician who traverses the traditional music forms both East and West, classical and contemporary, predetermined and improvisational. His expertise in taiko drumming and bamboo flutes gives his music both force with extreme delicacy. His superb musicianship makes him a joy to create with. He enriches any musical situation with his unique perspective.” — Jason Moran (Jazz Pianist, Blue Note Recording Artist)

About Kaoru Watanabe

Kaoru Watanabe will be in residence at Antenna Cloud Farm in late June and early July. This special event is a co-presentation with Montague's RiverCulture

Acclaimed composer and instrumentalist Kaoru Watanabe’s melodic, authentic and engaging music focuses on points of connection: the joints between Western jazz and Eastern traditional, Japanese theater and political action, the ancient and the all-too-contemporary. Born into a musical family, Watanabe began his training at a young age, eventually graduating from the Manhattan School of Music, then devoting a decade overseas performing with and ultimately leading the world-renowned Taiko drum performance group KODO. His ten years in Japan deeply influenced Watanabe's practice and his signature skill of infusing Japanese culture to disparate styles has made him a much in-demand collaborator. Watanabe’s impressive list of creative work across different media reflects his ever-curious ear and wandering eye. He advised and contributed to film director Wes Anderson’s Oscar-nominated score for Isle of Dogs; tours regularly with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad; has supported numerous dance companies and movement artists, including Mikhail Baryshnikov; and has composed with and performed alongside Laurie Anderson, Jason and Alicia Hall Moran, Vernon Reid, Rhiannon Giddens, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Zakir Hussain, among many others. As a composer, Watanabe writes for various, often unconventional instrumentation, utilizing a wide variety of techniques. Thematically, he regularly explores issues of social justice, history, and heritage. Watanabe's newest pandemic-era creation, INCENSE, uses live-recorded sample loops of flute, drums and vocals, providing him the technical means to perform ensemble compositions as a solo artist.

Learn more about Kaoru Watanabe at: http://www.watanabekaoru.com 

The Antenna Cloud Farm Music Walk

Saturday, July 2 // 1-7pm Turners Falls, MA

All performances are FREE with suggested donation to Nolumbeka Project. 

Workshop will be ticketed. Schedule and locations announced 5/25. (Raindate: July 3)  

This special event is a co-presentation with Montague's RiverCulture. 



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