Spent some time this week at Timpano Percussion, checking out the new Cooperman frame drums that are now in stock. Glen Velez model bodhran, SlapBack, pandeiro, daff, dayreh, and (my favourite) kanjira all sounding and looking fantastic! Cooperman have been taking particular care recently to adding new touches and stains, finishing the drums off with […]

Happy New Year! Despite the impending end of the world this year, I am working on several exciting new projects: A benefit concert January 28th at the Gesu with Cordâme and guests; new instrumental trio Trifolia performs on February 17th (we’ll also be recording a first CD this year- stay tuned); Small World Project is […]

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Enjoying our time here in Cleveland with members of the ensembles La Nef, and Apollo’s Fire, soprano Meredith Hall, dancer and guitarist Steve Player, and hammered dulcimer player Tina Bergmann. Our first performance of this tour went really well last night- great energy onstage and huge ovations from the packed church. There are still 5 […]

Our project ‘Playing Moon, Dancing Flower’ was live-stream broadcast on the Ustream website and is now archived there as well– worth watching! This unique project was held at the beautiful Waka-no-Ura Art Cube, in Wakayama, Japan. Partly in celebration of the November full-moon (2011-11-11), the show featured original dance by Hideo Arai and Kiyoko Itasaka, […]

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‘Playing Moon, Dancing Flower’ (11.11.2011) was a great success, artistically and in terms of the audience reaction as well. I have never heard so many people exclaim “Sugoi!” in one evening. The show went off perfectly: the overcast skies opened-up at show-time exactly, and stayed clear with an amazing view of the full-moon for the […]

Waka-no-Ura Art Cube The performance we are preparing in Wakayama, ‘Playing Moon, Dancing Flower’,  is being held at the Waka-no-Ura Art Cube, one of the most inspiring venues I have ever worked in. Artfully designed, beautiful location, super-efficient staff. The project itself is also one of the most original that I have had the pleasure […]

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With Dongara: Isao, Rico, Tetsuro and Tomoko. Wakayama has quickly become a memorable place on this trip Monday night (11.07), Hideo and I performed an fairly impromptu live session with writer, community activist and spoken word artist Yuri Iwahashi, in Wakayama. It was great fun transforming the space with dance and sound. The event was […]