September 2007

Philadelphia Art Alliance251 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $10 General Admission
Sunday, September 23, 2007 - 8:00pm

From Between Trio

Jack Wright, alto + soprano saxophones
Michael Doneda, soprano + sopranino saxophones
Tatsuya Nakatani, percussion

"This music is far from austere: a kind of gradually unfolding micro drama, comprising a series of tiny vulnerabilities, frayings, insinuations, and stretches of miniaturized song. Like so many of the best improv recordings, this one seems to change shape and emphasis with every listen: delicate, languorously paced, yet tough as steel." -Nate Dorward (

From Between Trio is a collaboration of three musicians from three continents: Tatsuya Nakatani, born and raised in Japan, now living in the US; Michel Doneda, from France; and Jack Wright, from the US. The project has evolved, as do most such international groupings, through the touring efforts of the players, the search for new musical experiences and partners. It is a story of each player finding, by chance meeting and by intention, those others who will create just the right musical challenge and chemistry, then taking it further.

Michel Doneda has been involved with music since he was 15 years old in the Harmonie Municipale and through playing in several dance bands.  His first instrument was the alto saxophone. In 1980, in Toulouse, he created the reeds trio Hic et Nunc with Steve Robbins and Didier Masmalet and, in collaboration with Théâtre de l'Acte, began l'Institut de Recherches et d'Echanges Artistiques (I.R.E.A.), comprising actors, poets, and musicians all interested in the possibilities of improvisation. At the same time, he played with the musicians of the collective G.R.I.M. in Marseille as well as the 'Tour de France' organized by Louis Sclavis. There, he met the singer Beñat Achiary with whom he has continued his musical relationship to the present day. Exchanges and meetings increased via the festival of Chantenay-Villedieu and the nato label, including meetings with Fred Van Hove, Raymond Boni, Steve Beresford, Tony Hymas, Lol Coxhill, Joêlle Léandre, Phil Wachsman, John Zorn and Ravi Prasad, among others.

Originally from Kobe and Osaka, Japan, internationally renowned percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani has toured extensively throughout the world, having performed in approximately 80 cities and 10 countries. Utilizing drumset, gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects, sticks and bows, he creates collages of sound which combine the sense of space and beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music with the extended techniques of New Music, yet with great energy and intensity. Although his music defies category or genre, it can be viewed as a cross-cultural mixture of improvised music, experimental music, jazz, free jazz, and rock.

In addition to live solo and ensemble performances, he has provided sound design for films and television projects. The latest of these was the performance of an improvised sound score for silent movie- The Water Magician (1933, directed by Kenji Mizoguchi), which was part of exhibition of Hiroshi Sugimoto Photograph at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. He is the recent recipient of The Bronx Arts Council Individual Artist grant. In addition to his work as a percussionist, Nakatani heads H&H Production, an independent record label and recording studio based in Easton, Pennsylvania.

Jack Wright was born in Pittsburgh PA in 1942 and grew up around Philadelphia and Chicago. He began playing saxophone in 1952 with private instruction, meanwhile also singing in groups large and small through 1964, after which he ceased playing music. He then attended Lafayette College in Easton PA, where he studied European history and literature and graduated 1964.  He then went on to Johns Hopkins University earning a MA in European history in 1972, and taught history at Temple University from 1968 to 1972, after which he left the academic world. In this latter period he was involved in left politics, organizing on a community level.

He has presented his music at most of the new improv festivals in the US, including four years at High Zero in Baltimore, The Seattle Improv Festival, the SFALT Festival in the Bay Area, California, the Autumn Uprising in Boston, and the Improvised and Otherwise Festival in Brooklyn. In 2005 he performed at the Museum of Modern Art in NY in a mini-festival, Relay, involving 13 American and European players. He continues to seek out new partners, and since 2002 he has returned to Europe to that end, performing with John Butcher, Tony Wren, John Russell, Birgit Uhler, Axel Doerner, Carl-Ludwig Huebsch, Thomas Lehn, LeQuan Ninh, and Michel Doneda. In recent years he has renewed his label, Spring Garden Music, which presents his own music and that of his partners. As of June 2006 his label has released 15 albums.