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Incense: A Performance by Kaoru Watanabe

The Silk Road Ensemble at the Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara, California, April 26, 2019.

Incense: A Performance by Kaoru Watanabe (Free & open to the public. No registration required.)

March 7, 2024

7:00 PM 

Rudder Forum

Acclaimed composer and instrumentalist Kaoru Watanabe's work is grounded in traditional Japanese music while imbued with contemporary jazz, improvisation, and experimental music elements. His signature skill of infusing Japanese culture with disparate styles has made him a much-in-demand collaborator working with such iconic artists as Wes Anderson, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Laurie Anderson, Jason Moran, Yo-Yo Ma, Japanese National Living Treasure Bando Tamasaburo, Silkroad Ensemble, and Rhiannon Giddens.

A trained jazz musician, he lived in Japan for a decade, where he became the first American to become a performer and Artistic Director of the iconic taiko drumming ensemble Kodo.

Watanabe will be in residence at Texas A&M during the week of March 4, 2024 as a Glasscock Short-Term Visiting Fellow. Watanabe will deliver a public performance on March 7, 2024 at 7:00 pm at Rudder Forum.

Free & open to the public. No registration required.

For more details on Watanabe's visit, contact Dr. Martin Regan