Kaoru Watanabe, a Grammy nominated Brooklyn-based musician and composer, is known for seamlessly combining traditional ritual and theater musics of Japan with complex compositional and improvisational elements of jazz and other global musics. Kaoru was a performing member and artistic director of Japanese taiko performing arts group Kodo for close to a decade. Since leaving Kodo, Watanabe has collaborated with such luminaries as Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, MaArthur Fellow Jason Moran, Japanese National Living Treasure Bando Tamasaburo and So Percussion. Watanabe has performed his compositions at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Whitney Museum and Kabukiza and maintains an international touring schedule. Kaoru has taught at such prestigious institutions as the Tanglewood Festival and Princeton University and through Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten’s online resource, KaDON. His music was featured on Martin Scorsese’s film Silence.