This show is available online here (click on individual tracks at right) and on DVD directly from Downtown Music Gallery.
Originally from Osaka, Japan, Tatsuya Nakatani is a percussionist who has performed in 80 cities, 7 countries, and collaborated with 163 artists worldwide. In the past 10 years, he has released almost 50 recordings on CD. He creates his own sounds using many different instruments and unique techniques. He uses the drums, bowed gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects, bells, and various sticks and bows all to make an intense sound that defies a musical category.
His music is improvised and experimental, combining jazz, free jazz, rock, and noise, but also keeps the beauty of Japanese folk music. He performs solo and with ensembles, and he also works as a sound designer for film and television. Nakatani teaches Masterclasses and workshops at University level. He is the head of H&H Production, an independent record label and recording studio in Pennsylvania. He is now living in Easton, PA.
Michel Doneda was born in 1954 and plays the soprano saxophone. He taught himself how to play music and in 1980 founded a reed trio named HIC ET NUNC. The group toured a lot in France and mostly improvised their music. He also founded IREA (Institute for Research and Exchange between Arts of improvisation), a place for musicians, dancers, and actors. In 1985, he made his first record under his name, TERRA.
He also started playing with Daunik Lazro, Martine Altenburger, Barre Phillips, and many others. He has been very involved in the international improvised music scene since then, touring in Africa, Japan, Asia, USA, Canada, South America, Russia, and Europe. In 1992, Doneda founded La Flibuste, an association for musicians, actors, poets, and dancers. Today, he has recorded almost 50 records with various labels.
64 year old saxophonist Jack Wright lived in a house on Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia. He was 40 years old at the time and started living with musicians there. He later named his first label of his record Spring Garden Music in 1982 because of it. His music has expanded and changed since he has crossed North America and Europe adding partners to his performances and private sessions.
He lived in the wild of Colorado for 16 years, and returned to the East Coast in 2003, now traveling even further and bringing back players from far places. Jack plays music known as free improvisation, music without structure or visibility, just bold and uncomfortable. He likes to play this unknown music because it opens doors to anyone who wants to look in. The music creates itself and many questions are raised about its direction, but the answers are unknown.