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Tatsuya Nakatani is a percussionist who plays with various ensembles in the New York and Boston areas. His work often explores timbre as much as rhythm, and he often uses bowing techniques and a number…
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Tatsuya Nakatani is a percussionist who plays with various ensembles in the New York and Boston areas. His work often explores timbre as much as rhythm, and he often uses bowing techniques and a number of unusual auxiliary percussion instruments in addition to the traditional drum set. Born in Japan, Nakatani began playing drums at the age of 15, and his teachers included Yasuhiro Yoshigaki, who played drums for Altered States and Otomo Yoshihide. He moved to the United States in 1995 and soon began performing with free improvisers like Masashi Harada and Sabir Mateen. He also joined the ultra-quiet Nmperign in time for the recording of that group's 1998 album 44'38"/5. In 1999, he played on two trio albums: one with Dan de Chellis and Philip Tomasic, and another with percussionist Curt Newton and nmperign trumpeter Greg Kelley. In the next few years, Nakatani has appeared with a wide variety of performers, including James Coleman, Jim Hobbs, Peter Kowald, and Nat Baldwin. In 2001, he played percussion on Coleman's Zuihitsu CD.