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The @Percussion - Episode 128 - Ayano Katoaka

August 16, 2019

128 - Ayano Katoaka


Ayano Katoaka is the Associate Professor of Percussion at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is renowned for her interpretations of modern percussion repertoire, including works of Stuart Saunders Smith, Iannis Xenakis, Andy Akiho, and Steve Reich. She has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax, and is a former student of legendary pedagogue Robert Van Sice.

Watch here. Listen below.

0:00 Intro and hello
2:25 Relationship with the Smiths (Stewart Saunders & Sylvia).  "And Points North"
11:00 Thoughts on complex rhythms in Stewart Sanuders Smith's pieces.
15:55 Introducing students to advanced contemporary music
21:30 Casey: What's the sound?
30:40 Minoru Miki
37:22 Ben: Taiko drums and history
48:00 Xenakis - Rebonds and memorization
55:20 performing with Yo Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax?