Sunday 24 March/Empire Theater/3PM Kaoru Watanabe’s Trio and Nao Kusuzaki, dance/Japan

Sunday 24 March/Empire Theater/3PM Kaoru Watanabe’s Trio and Nao Kusuzaki, dance/Japan

Kaoru Watanabe Trio:       Kaoru Watanabe (bamboo flute and taiko drumming), Satoshi Takeishi (percussion) and Maeve Gilchrist (Celtic Harp) Brooklyn-based composer and Japanese drum and flute virtuoso Kaoru Watanabe, known for his cross-cultural collaborations with such artists as cellist Yo-Yo Ma, jazz pianist Jason Moran, Japanese National Living Treasure Bando Tamasaburo, flamenco star Eva Yerbabuena and for his work on Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, performs music that takes the sounds of traditional Japan and blends them with dynamic improvisations and global rhythms. A long-time performing member and artistic director of the...

Friday, 22 March/Empire Theatre/7pm “East meets west”: Kayhan Kalhor (kamancheh or spike-fiddle), Iran and American String Quartet, Brooklyn Rider

Friday, 22 March/Empire Theatre/7pm “East meets west”: Kayhan Kalhor (kamancheh or spike-fiddle), Iran and American String Quartet, Brooklyn Rider

Kayhan Kalhor – kamancheh (spiked fiddle) Johnny Gandelsman – violin Colin Jacobsen – violin Nicholas Cords – viola Michael Nicolas – cello   Silent City, the “stunning collaboration” between Iranian kamancheh, or spike-fiddle, virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor and the adventurous, American string quartet, Brooklyn Rider has been hailed by the critics as “challenging music [that is] a real thrill ride” (Strings Magazine).     “The borough’s chief string quartet teamed up with the Iranian fiddler ­Kayhan Kalhor for one of those cross-cultural evenings that might have made no sense at all but instead displayed a loose, magical logic. One of the...

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