N.G.O. Nakatani Gong Orchestra

Photo by Peter Gannushkin (2 days New York shows at Jack Brooklyn, NY on 1/30-1/31, 2014)

NGO, NAKATANI GONG ORCHESTRA, is a contemporary live Sound Art project that tours throughout North and Central America.

NGO is a continuous, growing community engagement project; and the only bowing Gong orchestra in existence in the world today. The rich harmonies produced from multiple layers of bowed gongs are transformative, engaging and inspiring for both players and audiences.
The gong bows and surrounding instrumentation equipment are handmade by Nakatani Kobo.

For each performance, participating gong players are selected by a local presenter.
Nakatani gives a specialized training workshop to gong players in preparation for the performance. Players will also experience Nakatani’s own unique point of view regarding Gong techniques, and will experience undiscovered dimensions while immersed in the vibrations and sounds during a training workshop. Nakatani is the composer and conductor for the evening of the performance.

Nakatani began germinating ideas for N.G.O. in early 2002, and finally took the project on the road in April 2011. Since then he has performed over 100 concerts with N.G.O. internationally. Notable venues include John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., MOCA Cleveland, OH, Tigertail Productions presented at Miami Dade County Auditorium in FL, Bemis Contemporary Art Center in Omaha NE, Columbia Museum of Art in SC, The Issue Project Room in New York City, and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas.

N.G.O. has been a visiting artist conducting workshops at a number of universities; including the University of Illinois, Smith College, Ohio State University and Wesleyan.

Taiga Records (Minneapolis, MN) released an LP entitled “Nakatani Gong Orchestra” in 2012.

Audience members have described a NGO performance as entirely unlike anything they have ever experienced before, often relating feelings of cleansing or a sort of purification after the event.

Information for Presenters


N.G.O. Photos

Photo by M.C.Rollo, Shreveport LA, 2015
Contact photographer: alloneheart@gmail.com

Photo by Regina Wilkins, New Orleans LA, 2013

Photo by Leia von Hohenfeld
at the Fairchild Chapel in Oberlin College, OH 10/1/2011

John F Kennedy center, Washington DC

The off center, Austin TX

Photo by Dan Dickerson Miami FL 2013

Photo by Golden G. Richard III from New Orleans LA show on May 9, 2011


List of performance