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Is Masakatsu Takagi a musician that makes video art or a video artist that makes music?

At Takagi’s performance last week at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., part of the center’s two-week Japan! culture + hyperculture festival, the music was definitely the draw. Playing piano and accompanied by a second pianist and two vocalists, Takagi played a series of compositions — spare, quiet (or “empty,” as one reviewer put it) — with videos flickering in the background.

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