Tatsuya Nakatani - Smoke and Mirrors Art Gallery - 4/3/12

Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

Tatsuya Nakatani Smoke and Mirrors Art Gallery Tuesday, April 3

Drummer Stefan Gonzalez and saxophonist Mike Forbes opened last night's intimate gig at Smoke and Mirrors, which I was bummed I missed, but Japanese percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani more than made up for it. He is a natural force, and it was an appropriate bookend to a day when natural force was the overarching theme.

His arsenal contained two gongs, and he started with the large one, rowing a bow over it in the most meditative manner, creating a low hum.This was the opening credits. He then turned his attention to a floor tom and snare, plus an assortment of items like bowls, mallets and whisks. What was once gong meditation had slowly become a clamorous affair, with Nakatani furiously throwing at least half a dozen clattering agents onto his kit. The scene had changed, and he let us know: This was the dramatic tension.

I remember seeing Nakatani at Church of the Friendly Ghost a few years ago, and his seemed the freest interpretation of free jazz I'd ever witnessed. It was improvisation approached in scenes and textures, and the box that held his menagerie of noise augmenters was fully pillaged. He used his small space efficiently, making the most possible noise with what was at hand.

For the closing scene, he ended back where he started, at the big gong, eyes closed, bowing with two bows. He was dripping sweat from his brow, which in turn formed a puddle around his feet, an extension of the circuity of it all.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.