American Composers Forum (ACF) Philadelphia is launching a new series of events aimed at expanding musical horizons. These events will typically feature a prominent musician and/or composer in conversation with ACF Philadelphia director Gene Coleman, followed by a short performance and reception. The aim is to break down barriers between different forms of contemporary music and to create new friendships and partnerships.
The first event in the series will take place at 7:00 PM on February 21st, featuring the Shakuhachi master and composer Akikazu Nakamura. Nakamura is a highly regarded master of the Shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) but also studied classical and jazz music at Berklee College of Music. His unique style combines in an array of traditional elements reimagined in new and fresh ways.
While exploring Nakamura’s evolution as a performer and composer, the discussion will place particular emphasis on his Zen Music project. With support from Denon Japan, Nakamura visited over a dozen Zen temples, where he studied and documented their unique music resulting in a highly regarded series of CDs.
- This event is free and open to all. It may be of special interest to those looking to know more about Japanese music and its relationship to contemporary Western music and the practice of Zen Buddhism.
Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7:00 PM
1325 N. Randolph St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122