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Preview: Tatsuya Nakatani

Noah Bonaparte Pais on the Japanese percussionist coming to town March 2



Percussionists are, by definition, punctual people — even ones as unconventional and time-defying as Tatsuya Nakatani. On Feb. 28, 2012, the Japanese kit master joined guitarist Rob Cambre and cellist Helen Gillet for an unseasonably steamy session inside the freight-elevator confines of the Mudlark Public Theatre, treating a small crowd of noise enthusiasts to much of his full spectrum: inciting stampedes and swarms of insects, terrier-tuned high frequencies to thunder-rumbling low ones, calling on shortwave spirits, freeway scrapes and rat-a-tat flybys. A favorite of Cambre's Anxious Sound promotions, Nakatani has made New Orleans residencies an annual habit, performing more than 20 shows here over the past decade. Almost a year to the day from his last performance, he's back — first in the same building on Saturday, rattling Cambre and Donald Miller's freakiest six-string impulses at Mudlark; conducting a private, invite-only concert on Sunday in his newest guise, the Nakatani Gong Orchestra, bowing and banging metals measuring up to 40 inches in diameter; and finishing at the AllWays Lounge on Monday, in a quartet with WATIV mischief-maker Will Thompson, Gillet and Cambre, who forecasts "hardcore improv with no nets." In this sound cirque, there never are. Call for ticket information. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

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