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Nakatani Gong Orchestra

Nakatani Gong Orchestra

Nakatani Gong Orchestra


Tatsuya Nakatani has recently launched the N.G.O. (Nakatani Gong Orchestra), a bold, new project born out of Nakatani's ten years of solo percussionist experience. As a solo performer, both of his hands are occupied by bow or mallet, limiting him to just two gongs. But imagine the wall of sound of ten hands playing ten gongs. That’s the sonic power of N.G.O. An N.G.O. performance starts with five people on five gong kits, usually 8-10 gongs onstage with Nakatani as the ensemble's conductor. Read more on Last.fm
Tatsuya Nakatani has recently launched the N.G.O. (Nakatani Gong Orchestra), a bold, new project born out of Nakatani's ten years of solo percussionist experience. As a solo performer, both of his hands are occupied by bow or mallet, limiting him to just two gongs. But imagine the wall of sound of ten hands playing ten gongs.

That’s the sonic power of N.G.O. An N.G.O. performance starts with five people on five gong kits, usually 8-10 gongs onstage with Nakatani as the ensemble's conductor. All stands, bows and mallets are assembled or hand-made by Nakatani as an important phase of the composing process of N.G.O. and its music. The music of N.G.O.

creates a metallic temple of deep harmonies. The gongs are bowed and softly struck by mallets to produce sounds that defy musical categorization. A 40-inch large gong creates extreme low-frequency wave forms that cross-vibrate with the tones of the other gongs of varying sizes. The result is a sound which emanates from the deepest frequency pool and is felt in the very depths of the body.

N.G.O. is now performing nationwide. The unconventional, uncontrollable, and uncertain qualities of gong sounds are percussionist ’s passion. Having played bowed gongs for over ten years, he has toured and performed all over the U.S. and internationally with the instruments in his van, many of which he created himself.

While on tour, Nakatani enjoys collaborating with local orchestra crews from the cities he visits. Born and raised in Osaka, Japan, Nakatani currently resides in Easton, PA. He has released over sixty CD recordings in the USA and Europe. Since the late 1990ʼs, he has performed primarily solo percussion across the USA and overseas and has taught master classes at universities as well as holding workshops and lectures. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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