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Kaoru Watanabe

Instrument/Discipline: Shinobue, Taiko, Nohkan, Ryuteki
School (流): Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center (Brooklyn) and Wesleyan University
Ha/Kai (流派/会): Kodo (former member and artistic director)

Home Address: 673 Classon Avenue #2L, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Cell Phone: 646-624-9405

Employment: Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center (Brooklyn) and Wesleyan University
Email: kaoru@watanabekaoru.com
Website 1: www.watanabekaoru.com
Website 2: taikonyc.com

Do you teach? Yes

Do you perform? Yes

Additional information:

Kaoru Watanabe has collaborated in performances with Kenny Endo, Semba Kiyohiko, Bando Tamasaburo, members of Kodo, jazz musician Jason Moran, and various other musicians, dancers, and artists. He teaches weekly classes in Brooklyn and at Wesleyan University, and master classes and workshops throughout the US, Canada, and Japan.  Watanabe has given guest lectures at various institutions such as Princeton University and Colby College. He has a BA in jazz performance from the Manhattan School of Music and spent two years as an apprentice for Kodo in Sado Island, Japan. From 2000 to 2007 he toured and directed Kodo, performing on taiko, fue, and voice, as well as performing various folk dances.  Watanabe has taken intermittent lessons and done some performances with such artists as Tosha Meisho, Isso Yukihiro, Yagi Michiyo, Ishigure Masayo, Maruta Miki, Sakata Akira, Matsuda Hiroyuki, and Suzuki Kyosuke. His flute teachers include Robert Dick and Jan Smith.