Kaoru Watanabe’s INCENSE
Kaoru Watanabe’s INCENSE
Hear NY-based composer Kaoru Watanabe play a solo performance on drums, Japanese flutes, and vocals, mixed with electronic loops and samples.
The Atrium at Lincoln Center
May 19, 2022 | 7:30 pm
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Performance details

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How to attend

This event is free and open to the public. Seating and entry are first-come, first-served; the line will form at the Atrium’s entrance on Broadway, between 62nd and 63rd Street.


Lincoln Center
David Rubenstein Atrium
61 W 62nd St
New York, NY

About The Performance

Kaoru Watanabe, the New York-based composer and musician specializing in Japanese flutes and percussion, has worked with such groundbreaking artists as Laurie Anderson, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Yo-Yo Ma, and Jason Moran. Watanabe is best known for his artful merging of traditional Eastern music and theater elements with contemporary Western styles. His newest work INCENSE, developed while isolated during the pandemic, premieres this May, in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at the Atrium. The solo performance features Watanabe live on drums, flute, and vocals, mixed with electronic loops and samples as he explores the dual uses and meanings of the piece’s title—burning and calming, smoldering and healing, provocation and release—as they relate to personal ritual, social conflict and rising above the tumultuous moment.

Image: Kaoru Watanabe / photo by Bryce Craig