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Reflecting Rhythms: From Taiko to Tap Kazunori Kumagai and Kaoru Watanabe

[Left] Kazunori Kumagai. Photo by Makoto Ebi. / [Right] Kaoru Watanabe. Photo by Yuki Kokubo.

Time & Location

February 2, 7 PM
Asia Society (New York, NY)


The Japan Foundation and Asia Society will co-present a performance by the award-winning tap dancer Kazunori Kumagai and the multi-instrumentalist and composer Kaoru Watanabe. Each artist will perform a solo before coming together at the end for a rhythmic explosion. Kumagai, who was dubbed the “Japanese Gregory Hines” by The Village Voice, tours all over the world and has won the Bessie Award 2016 for Outstanding Performer. Watanabe is acclaimed for his innovative approach to powerful Japanese drums. He has a passion for cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary collaborations and has worked with Tamasaburo Bando, Jason Moran, and Martin Scorsese. Watanabe was a performer and artistic director of the taiko ensemble Kodo for close to a decade. Both of these outstanding artists have been devoting themselves to both traditional art forms and exploring innovative expressions. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the special one-night-only performance!

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