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Kaoru Watanabe is a Brooklyn-based composer and musician who specializes in the Japanese shinobue flutes and taiko drums. Watanabe creates music that is at once personal, philosophical, meditative and virtuosic, that reflects his extensive background in Japanese traditional musics, American jazz and his devotion to cross-cultural musical collaboration.
Watanabe was a performer and artistic director of the internationally acclaimed Japanese taiko performing arts ensemble Kodo for close to a decade and who, as a soloist, has worked with such artists as National Living Treasure Bando Tamasaburo, Jason Moran, So Percussion, director Wes Anderson and was a featured guest on Yo-Yo Ma and the Silkroad Ensemble's Grammy Award-winning album Sing Me Home. In February 2018, Watanabe debuted as an orchestral soloist and composer with the Sydney Symphony and Taikoz at the Sydney Opera House.
Watanabe has performed his compositions at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Kabukiza and in Minamiza, has performed in all 47 prefectures in Japan as well as across the North, Central and South Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia.
As a passionate educator, Watanabe has taught at Princeton and Wesleyan Universities and at the Tanglewood Music Festival. Watanabe also has a studio in Brooklyn that holds regular classes as well as hosts workshops by international master musicians and dancers.
Watanabe is supported by preeminent taiko maker Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten of Tokyo and master shinobue flute maker Ranjo of Chiba Prefecture.
Photo credit: Adela Wagner