TEACHERS

EVENT #7 2 JUNE 2024

IMPROVISATION & SHAKUHACHI


NED ROTHENBERG

Ned Rothenberg composes and performs on saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute and shakuhachi.

He began studying shakuhachi with Ralph Samuelson in New York in 1979 and has used it himself in performance since 1987. He also had the opportunity to study in Japan with the great masters Yamaguchi Goro and Yokoyama Katsuya. He has worked there extensively, collaborating with musicians including pianists Satoh Masahiko and Takahashi Yuji, koto/shamisen players Sawai Kazue, Tanaka Yumiko and Yagi Michiyo as well as many other leading figures in traditional and improvised music. In 1996 he premiered Home Away at the Japan Society in NYC together with Yokoyama-sensei.

His shakuhachi playing can be heard on his albums Ryu Nashi, Ghost Stories, and Inner Diaspora on Tzadik, Harbinger and Port of Entry with his trio SYNC, solo releases Intervals and The Crux (on which he also performs shakuhachi honkyoku on the alto sax), John Zorn’s Big Gundown, duo with Tuvan vocalist Sainkho Namchylak, Amulet, in collaboration with Paul Dresher, Opposites Attract and on various film and TV spots.

www.nedrothenberg.com

DETTA DANFORD

Detta is a composer, artist and flutist who’s practice spans Western and Japanese traditions, drawing on folk music, contemporary music and improvisation.

She has performed at the Barbican Centre, Japan Matsuri festival and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. She plays with drumming ensemble Taiko Meantime and performed and collaborated as part of the National Theatre of Scotland’s innovative production of Naoki Higashida’s The Reason I Jump. Detta has worked collaboratively with artists including Jane Cheadle (Procreate Project Commission 2020) and Eelyn Lee (The Monster Trilogy).

She plays western flutes, shakuhachi and shinobue and has studied shakuhachi with Clive Bell (London) and Jumei Tokumaru (Tokyo). 

www.dettadanford.com

NATASHA ZIELAZINSKI

Natasha Zielazinski is a composer, artist and cellist whose work draws on improvisation, folk traditions, experimental music making and a love of early and contemporary repertoire. 

As a composer she works with and alongside other artists, performers, communities and places. Natasha has also worked collaboratively with artists from a range of backgrounds, including poets, choreographers and filmmakers such as Kae Tempest, Hofesh Shechter and Eelyn Lee and has performed at major festivals and venues both in the UK and internationally. 

www.natashazielazinski.com