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Citerman/Watanabe Duo

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Citerman/Watanabe Duo at Mas­ters & Pelavin, Tribeca, NYC. ©2011 Cheryl Pelavin

Ty and his old friend Kaoru Watan­abe began their musi­cal col­lab­o­ra­tions sev­er­al decades ago when they were grow­ing up in St. Louis, MO and then re-locat­ed to New York City. After many years of play­ing infor­mal­ly and in pri­vate set­tings, they began per­form­ing in pub­lic in ear­ly 2009. Their com­bined expe­ri­ence play­ing both com­posed and impro­vised music that delves into jazz, mod­ern clas­si­cal, tra­di­tion­al Japan­ese and Jew­ish music, and beyond, gives their sound a broad, expan­sive palette. The music is at times del­i­cate, pen­sive, fero­cious, tex­tur­al, rhyth­mi­cal­ly intri­cate and full of the unexpected.