Kaoru Watanabe is a Brooklyn-based composer and musician, specializing in Japanese percussion and shinobue flutes. He has spent a long time artfully mixing the sounds of Japanese devices with others from world wide. He’s collaborated with such artists as Nationwide Dwelling Treasure Bando Tamasaburo, Jason Moran, So Percussion, Adam Rudolph, Kenny Endo, Stefon Harris, Kiyohiko Semba, Alicia Corridor Moran, Tamango, calligrapher Kakinuma Koji, visible artist Simone Leigh, and director Martin Scorsese. He was a featured visitor on Yo-Yo Ma’s Grammy Award-winning album Sing Me House.
For this Originals session, Watanabe introduced taiko drums and a wide array of different Japanese percussion devices to create a various vary of sounds. We recorded his performances in each the standard Japanese type and his newer type of taking part in taiko, which is extra like a percussion cage. The ensuing sounds are rhythms primed for any R&B, chill, hip hop, downtempo, jazz, journey hop, or any sort of manufacturing you’re impressed to make.