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CRS Presents Paradise Laboratory: Satoshi Takeishi (percussion), Shoko Nagai (piano/accordion) & Sita Chay (violin) with friends Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass) & Yuka Yamamoto of The Fugu Plan

January 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST

$10 – $20
CRS Presents Satoshi Takeishi, Shoko Nagai, Sita Chay, and The Fugu Plan

CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) presents the next installment of its Paradise Laboratory concert series featuring improvisation and songs by Satoshi Takeishi (percussion), Shoko Nagai(piano/accordion) & Sita Chay (violin) with friends Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass) & Yuka Yamamoto(vocals/ukelele) of The Fugu Plan, walking the fine line between sacred music and the avant-garde.

PARADISE LABORATORY is a playground for sonic and visual experimentation. Conceived of during the pandemic by the renowned Korean traditional multi-instrumentalist, curator, and scholar gamin, Paradise Laboratory provides musical artists with opportunities to rehearse, record, film, and perform with other musical, visual, and/or dance artists in an experimental, process-oriented, and artist-centered fashion.

Tickets are $10 for students/seniors and $20 general admission.


The White Room at CRS
123 4th Ave FL3
New York, NY 10003

CRS is located on the 3rd floor of a walk-up building above Think Coffee, between 12th & 13th streets, one block east of The Strand Bookstore. There is no elevator or wheelchair access.

4/5/6, N/R/Q, L trains to 14th St / Union Square

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Omatsuri mambo Shoko Nagai’s Tokala @ Greenwich House of Music 10 14 23
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The Fugu Plan – Pettanko ぺったんこ (Official Music Video)


Satoshi Takeishi, drummer, percussionist, and arranger is a native of Mito, Japan. He studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. While at Berklee he developed an interest in the music of South America and went to live in Colombia following the invitation of a friend. He spent four years there and forged many musical and personal relationships. One of the projects he worked on while in Colombia was ‘Macumbia’ with composer/arranger Francisco Zumaque in which traditional, jazz and classical music were combined. With this group he performed with the Bogota symphony orchestra to do a series of concerts honoring the music of the most popular composer in Colombia, Lucho Bermudes. In 1986 he returned to Miami, U.S. where he began working as an arranger/producer as well as a performer.

In 1987 he produced ‘Morning Ride’ for jazz flutist Nestor Torres on Polygram Records. His interest expanded to the rhythms and melodies of the Middle East where he studied and performed with Armenian-American oud master Joe Zeytoonian. Since moving to New York in 1991 he has performed and recorded in vast variety of genre, from world music, jazz, contemporary classical music to experimental electronic music with musicians such as Ray Barretto, Carlos ‘Patato’ Valdes, Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson, Eddie Gomez, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Anthony Braxton, Mark Murphy, Herbie Mann, Paul Winter Consort, Rabih Abu Khalil, Erik Friedlander, Ned Rothenberg, MIchael Attias, Shoko Nagai, Paul Giger, Toshiko Akiyoshi Big Band, Ying String Quartet, Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, Dhafer Youssef, Lalo Schifrin and Pablo Ziegler to name a few. He continues to explore multi-cultural, electronics and improvisational music with local musicians and composers in New York.

Shoko Nagai is a versatile musical artist who improvises and performs with world-renowned musicians on piano and accordion and composes original scores for films and live performances. As a teenager in her native Japan, Nagai was trained on Yamaha’s electronic organ, the “Electone,” to perform popular music. Since moving to the U.S. from Japan and studying classical, jazz music, and compositions at Berklee, she has adapted her mastery of the keyboard to prepared piano, accordions, and other keyboard instruments, often inspired by the minimalist approach of composer Toru Takemitsu. Whether she is performing Klezmer, Balkan or experimental music, Nagai is a charismatic presence onstage, who hypnotizes audiences with her intense focus and virtuoso sound.

“Whether traipsing over a steady, rolling rhythm or swimming through a collage of abstract sound, Nagai, a pianist, treat every moment as an opportunity for deep synchronicity.” — GIOVANNI RUSSONELL, New York Times

Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz is an American bassist and oud player who has recorded and performed with John Zorn, Bill Laswell, Ravi Coltrane, Fred Sherry, Satoshi Takeshi, Hank Roberts, Sabir Mateen, Roy Campbell Jr., Tony Malaby, Will Connell, Jon Madof, Daniel Zamir, Jenny Scheinman, Daniel Kelly, Eyal Maoz, Avishai Cohen, George Garzone, Okkyung Lee, Brad Shepik, William Winant, Jim Puglesie, Jim Black, Jamie Saft, Anthony Coleman, Mark Dresser, Charlie Burnham, Sonny Simmons, Ned Rothenberg, Marty Ehrlich, Trevor Dunn, Sylvie Courvoisier, Susie Ibarra,Tyshawn Sorey, Min Xiao-Fen, Michiyo Yagi, Kazu Uchihashi, Makigami Koichi, Kazutoki Umezu, Cyro Baptista, Marc Ribot, Kenny Wollesen, Joey Baron, Anton Fier, Eric Friedlander, Mark Feldman, Roberto Rodriguez, Louie Belogenis, Ikue Mori, and many more!

Sita Chay is a violinist, composer, and producer who won a 2017 Latin Grammy Award for Best Mariachi Album, as violinist with the Flor de Toloache. She is also an awardee of New York Foundation for the Arts Women’s Fund, NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship, New Music USA’s Creator Development Fund, Joe’s Pub Working Group, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Creative Engagement Grant for various projects she is envisioning. Ms. Chay is the director and a founder of the Korean Shaman Music Ritual, SaaWee, which was received by international critics as a “delicate powerhouse”. For SaaWee, she has interwoven her theatrical experiences from Broadway shows, folkloric spirituality from Korean shaman rituals, and contemporary music flare from New York jazz scenes. SaaWee’s Return of Songbirds debuted at the Lincoln Center as part of #Retartstage project in 2021 and was invited to Ars Electronica Festival 2021. SaaWee won the California Music Video Awards 2022 in Best World Music category. She has appeared as a speaker and a lecturer at Chamber Music America Conference 2019, New York Musical Festival 2018, Seoul National University, Colombia National University, and Joong Ang University.

Sita often performs at artistically acclaimed venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Blue Note, Apollo Theater,Madison Square Garden, and was invited to the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 2015, London K-Music Festival in 2018, Global Fest 2018 and to the New York Sanjo Festival 2017 and 2018 to premiere her original and commissioned compositions. She has appeared as a guest violinist for critically acclaimed Broadway shows, My Fair Lady, Miss Saigon, Ain’t Too Proud, Hello Dolly, Sweeney Todd, On the Town, Fiddler on the Roof and Sunset Boulevard. Frequent TV and NPR appearances include “Tonight Show”, “Mozart in the Jungle,” and Randy Cohen’s “Person Place Thing”. She has collaborated with such artists as the Lionel Loueke, the Eagles, Kenny Werner, Billy Drewes, Sandeep Das, Frank London, Edward Perez, Balla Kouyate, Emerson String Quartet, Natalia Laforcade, Duksoo Kim, Bette Midler, Alicia Hall Moran, Alan Ferber,Taebaek Lee, Pamela Frank, Nadia Solemo Sonenberg, Frank Huang, and Robert Craft, the student of Stravinsky and Schoenberg. Her album credits include Stereography Project 1st and 2nd album, Miho Hazama’s M Unit “Dancer in Nowhere, Flor de Toloache “Las Caras Lindas.” http://www.sitachay.com

Yuka Yamamoto is a Japanese singer-songwriter from Sado Island, Japan , a place of banishment for difficult or inconvenient Japanese figures starting in the 8th century. The Fugu Plan’s MukashiBanashi is based on the secret customs and ancient folktales of Japan, exploring traditions of ritual, tribal, and spiritual music, which pays tribute to the island’s preservation of the traditions of old Japan through ceremony, art, music and magic, while incorporating a mixed bag of musical influences including Ennio Morricone’s film music, psychedelic rock, free improvisation, and prayer.


January 28
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST
$10 – $20
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