The Kinetic Energy Jazz Festival continues to expand it’s horizons, and this year’s festival should be a ripper. Kim Sanders has just returned from performing at the Sawahlunto International Music Festival in Sumatra. He will be joined in a concert of flute music by touring fue maestro Kaoru Watanabe and shakuhachi-master Riley Lee.

Kaoru Watanabe

New York-based Kaoru Watanabe, a former member of the Japanese taiko ensemble Kodo, is a practitioner of various Japanese transverse bamboo flutes, especially fue and also Western flute. He is also an active performer of traditional Taiko music. He has collaborated with musicians from many backgrounds. His music has been described as “an ever shifting blend of the folk and classical traditions of Japan with contemporary improvisational and experimental music.”

Riley Lee

Riley Lee is the recipient of two of the oldest and most venerated lineages of traditional shakuhachi, which can be traced back to the Zen Buddhist komusô, or “priests of nothingness” of the Edo period in Japan. In 1980, he became the first non-Japanese to attain the rank of dai shihan or Grand Master. Now resident in Australia, he has performed here and overseas with musicians of many backgrounds. He is also well-known as a soloist and as a performer in Taiko group Taikoz.

Kim Sanders

“World Music” pioneer Kim Sanders first went to Turkey in search of music in 1984. In 1993 he took up the ney (Turkish Classical/Sufi flute), studying with Neyzen Ahmet Kaya and other ney masters. He is the first Australian to have a Turkish Classical composition published in Turkey. He was honoured to be included in the Family Tree of Neyzens in Ahmet Kaya’s book “Ney Metodu”. Kim has also studied kaval (long wooden flute) in the Balkans and Turkey. He has performed in West Africa, Indonesia, the Balkans and Turkey with Stella Chiweshe, Zulfu Livaneli, Okay Temiz and Sawung Jabo.

All three musicians are well-versed in improvised music. Each musician will play solo and all three will play together in an improvised format. Should be interesting!

The concert is part of the Kinetic Jazz Festival, which runs from 22nd – 27th January.

This will be Kaoru’s only Sydney performance – not to be missed!

Sunday 27 January 2013
Music starts 6pm sharp!
St Luke’s Church
11 Stanmore Rd Enmore (opp 7/11. Limited on-site parking)


This performance will be followed by Urban Gypsies 7.20pm and Kinetic Jazz Orchestra 8.20pm.

Tickets for the whole evening: $35/25

Bookings and enquiries: or Phone 0415 391 533 or 8313 9014

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