Concert and conversation with shakuhachi master and composer Akikazu Nakamura.
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Akikazu Nakamura: Performance and Conversation with Gene Coleman

ACF Philadelphia is launching a new series of events aimed at expanding everyone's 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. Our 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. Mr. Nakamura is an ideal first guest for the series, in that his musical universe encompasses a range of styles that may seem very unusual. He is a highly regarded master of the Shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) but also studied classical and jazz music in the USA at Berklee College of Music. In his unique style, many musical elements are combined in new and fresh ways. 

The evening will feature Mr. Nakamura in conversation with ACF Philadelphia director Gene Coleman. The conversation will explore Nakamura's evolution as a performer and composer, with an emphasis on his Zen Music project. The Zen Music project was supported by Denon Japan and brought Nakamura to over a dozen Zen temples, where he studied and documented their unique music. This work is represented in a highly regarded series of CDs on the Denon label. The conversation will be followed by a short solo performance by Nakamura and a reception. 

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. 

Please RSVP to Gene Coleman at:

You can learn more about Akikazu Nakamura here:

Akikazu Nakamura
Performance and Conversation with Gene Coleman

Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7:00 PM
MAAS Building
1325 N. Randolph St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122

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