Michel Doneda & Tatsuya Nakatani All Ages Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Thu., May 2, 9 p.m. 2013

When Michel Doneda tried to explain his attraction to the soprano saxophone in a 2012 interview for a blog devoted to the horn, he didn’t get into specifically musical reasons—instead he talked about the paradoxical sense of simultaneous tension and calm the instrument induces. The 59-year-old Frenchman summons the same paradox with his playing, which ranges between long, burred tones and choked, broken lines. Doneda mostly collaborates with European free improvisers, but he’s found a formidable foil in Osaka-born percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani, who’s now based in Easton, Pennsylvania. Nakatani is closely attuned to pitch as well as rhythm, facilities that are on display throughout his fantastic new solo LP, Nakatani Gong Orchestra (Taiga). And on the duo’s one CD, the 2011 release White Stone Black Lamp (Kobo), those sensibilities make him an especially apt foil for the mercurial Doneda. In addition to the duo’s performance tonight, each man will play a solo set. —Bill Meyer

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