Kaoru Watanabe’s Néo featuring Kenny Endo and Fumi Tanakadate in concert at Joe’s Pub on Feb. 25th. Joe’s Pub is located at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street in New York. Door open at 9PM; Show at 9:30PM. Tickets are $15. Click here for tickets.
They will be joined by special guests, each revolutionary bandleaders and composers in their own right -Alicia Hall Moran (vocals), Jacob Garchik (trombone) and Kinan Azmeh (clarinet).
Kaoru Watanabe’s work combines Japan’s dynamic ritual and theater traditions with the complex rhythms and compositional elements of jazz and other global music.
Kenny Endo is perhaps one of the most respected taiko drummers in the world, an innovator and a pioneer of his field and a long time collaborator.
Alicia Hall Moran, a singer, actress, known for playing Bess in the National Tour of Porgy and Bess as well as her brilliant work with such luminaries as Charles Lloyd, Bill T. Jones and Jason Moran.
Jacob Garchik, a trombonist, bandleader, composer who leads some of the most eclectic and celebrated bands in New York (Ye Olde, La Banda, The Heavens).
Kinan Azmeh, a globe-trotting Syrian clarinet virtuoso who has won international acclaim as a composer, performer, improviser and recording artist in a wide range of musical genres and with his collaborative works with Yo-Yo Ma.
Fumi Tanakadate, a rising star in the world of taiko drumming who has studied extensively with Watanabe and has performed with Kenny Endo and Kodo members Chieko Kojima and Yuta Sumiyoshi.
This concert will feature a wide breadth of music, from frenetic driving rhythms to contemplative melodies and abstract Noh Theater-inspired minimalism. All of these elements are curated in a way as to celebrate the essence of the various cultures represented while achieving an overall sense of harmony and synchronicity.