Tatsuya Nakatani is an avant-garde sound artist, composer, and master percussionist. Active internationally since the 1990’s; Nakatani has released over 80 recordings and tours extensively, performing over 150 concerts a year. His primary focus is his solo work and his large ensemble project, the Nakatani Gong Orchestra. With his activity in the new music, improvisation and experimental music scenes, Nakatani has a long history of collaboration. He teaches master classes and lectures at universities and music conservatories around the world. Originally from Japan, he makes his home in the small desert town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.Nakatani creates his distinctive music centered around his adapted bowed gong, supported by an array of drums, cymbals, and singing bowls. In consort with his hand carved Kobo Bows, it is an instrument he has spent decades developing. A master of extended percussion techniques, it can be difficult to understand the genesis of his sounds. Nakatani approaches his orchestral project (NGO) as an arrangement of formations of vibrations, incorporated in shimmering layers of silence and texture. Within this contemporary work, one can still recognize the dramatic pacing, formal elegance and space (ma) felt in traditional Japanese music.
Christian Moehring is a drummer, composer and teacher who currently lives in Philadelphia, PA. He works heavily with tonal dissonance and numeric phrasing/patterns that create sonic phenomena, while maintaining a free associative approach. Although classically trained, he is a veteran of the extreme metal universe. Moehring renounces any rational construct, and allows his drumming to be open to unpredictable forces, using these principles as an approach to most of his work. He has studied with Howard Curtis and Doug Richards. A founding member of many original projects including Epoch Trio and Nehema, Moehring is currently with Anabiosis and Dahb.
Currently based in Philadelphia, vibraphonist Victor Vieira-Branco performed in many ensembles in the Sao Paulo, Brazil omprovised and experimental music scene. A performer with a unique background and style, his playing incorporates beautiful atmospheric work, ruminating assertive playing, and idiosyncratic interaction with unusual technique.