Sunday, February 17
Kresge Recital Hall
Taiko drumming is a Japanese tradition characterized by highly precise, driving, interlocking rhythms that range dynamically from barely audible to explosive. The repertoire is pre-composed, involving elaborate choreography and traditional costumes. Performances are highly energetic and place heavy physical demands on the performer. Taiko drums come in sizes ranging from twelve inches to six feet. The tradition has ancient roots, but has evolved into a modern form with both amateur and professional manifestations. In Japan, taiko groups range from neighborhood “clubs” (like community bands in the US) to Kodo, the most famous professional ensemble, whose members live communally on Sado Island, practicing for many hours a day and apprenticing for years before they ever perform. In the US, taiko groups are common on the west coast, where they are often connected with Asian American heritage associations.
This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Music, the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Japan Club, the Center for Intercultural Life, the Stellyes Center for Global Studies, the Cultural Events Committee, and the Greig-Post Adventures in the Arts Fund.