Tomas Fujiwara
Photo: Melanie Minichino

Bang on a Can Music Series: Tomas Fujiwara Percussion Quartet

Sunday, July 9, 2023
4 pm–5 pm
Tickets include Museum admission

Bang on a Can and The Noguchi Museum present a monthly series of live performances in the Museum’s garden and galleries.

Drummer and composer Tomas Fujiwara’s “Dream Up” is a suite for percussion quartet, featuring vibraphonist Patricia Brennan, taiko drummer Kaoru Watanabe, percussionist Tim Keiper, and Fujiwara on drums.

“Dream Up” draws inspiration from Tomas’ years as a performer in Stomp, and as a member of multi-percussion ensembles such as his own Triple Double, 7 Poets Trio, and Shizuko, Mike Reed’s Living By Lanterns, and the Broadway show Fela. The suite is a celebration of storytelling, history, memory, and culture through the transformative power of rhythm.

Described as “a ubiquitous presence in the New York scene…an artist whose urbane writing is equal to his impressively nuanced drumming” (Point of Departure), Brooklyn-based Tomas Fujiwara is an active player in some of the most exciting music of the current moment. He leads the bands Triple Double, 7 Poets Trio, and Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up; is a member of the collective trio Thumbscrew (with Mary Halvorson and Michael Formanek); has a collaborative duo with Taylor Ho Bynum; and engages in a diversity of creative work with Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Mary Halvorson, Tomeka Reid, Matana Roberts, Taylor Ho Bynum, Amir ElSaffar, Benoit Delbecq, Adam O’Farrill and many others. In 2021, he won the Downbeat Critics Poll for Rising Star Drummer, and premiered two suites of new music as part of his Roulette Residency: “You Don’t Have to Try” (with Meshell Ndegeocello) and “Shizuko.” 2022 saw the release of Triple Double’s second album, March, and Thumbscrew’s seventh album, Multicolored Midnight, in celebration of their tenth year as a band. 2023 releases include Triple Double’s third album, March On, the collective ensemble Illegal Crowns’ Unclosing, and a second album by Tomas Fujiwara’s 7 Poets Trio. “Drummer Tomas Fujiwara works with rhythm as a pliable substance, solid but ever shifting. His style is forward-driving but rarely blunt or aggressive, and never random. He has a way of spreading out the center of a pulse while setting up a rigorous scaffolding of restraint…A conception of the drum set as a full-canvas instrument, almost orchestral in its scope.” (New York Times)

Artists at Noguchi | Bang on a Can Music Series

Now in the thirteenth season, the Bang on a Can Music Series at The Noguchi Museum presents an eclectic mix of artists performing music that defies genres and engages with the imagination, memory, and subconscious realms—coinciding with the exhibition Noguchi Subscapes, a survey of Isamu Noguchi’s interest in the unseen and hidden. Concerts take place on select Sundays in June through September, at 4 pm. 

Bang on a Can tickets include full access to The Noguchi Museum, and are priced the same as the Museum’s timed admission tickets: $12 general admission / $6 students and seniors / free for Museum members, children under 12, NYC public high school students, SNAP benefits recipients with a WIC/EBT card, visitors with disabilities and their carepartners, members of the press, and other free admission partnerships; see a full list of free programs at Walk-up guests will also be welcomed based on Museum capacity.

Seating is available for all guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors with special access requirements or accessibility questions may contact for assistance.

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