Taikoza: Japanese Taiko Drums & Dance

If you are in the Millersville, PA area this is a great oppurtunity and it’s FREE! I have been told by a blind friend of mine that it is a wonderful show and not to be missed! I will be there for sure! Let me know if you are coming and we can meet! They will be offering audio discription, just let them know you need it.


Taikoza: Japanese Taiko Drums & Dance

Sunday, January 29 / 3 PM / Winter Center on the Millersville University campus

For FREE tickets contact Barry.Kornhauser

Taikoza is a Japanese Taiko drum group that uses the powerful rhythms of the Taiko drums to create an electrifying energy that carries audiences in a new dimension of excitement. The taiko is a large, barrel-like drum that can fill the air with the sounds of rolling thunder. Drawing from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance, Taikoza has created a new sound using a variety of traditional instruments.

In addition to drums of assorted sizes, Taikoza performers also play the shakuhachi and the fue (both bamboo flutes) and the koto (a 13-string instrument). Taikoza was formed in New York City by members of Ondekoza (the group that started the modern day renaissance of Japanese Taiko in the 1960’s and introduced Taiko to the world).

Taikoza’s love for taiko drumming transcends national boundaries bringing new energy to this ancestral form. Taikoza has performed in Europe, and Asia. The group has also appeared on the History Channel and The Last Samurai DVD set. Taikoza’s goal is to educate people about the exciting art form of Taiko and introduce them to Japanese culture. Taikoza’s members come from culturally diverse backgrounds. European Marco Lienhard, fue and shakuhachi musician, studied under Japanese Masters Teruo Furuya and Katsuya Yokoyama. A solo virtuoso, Lienhard has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Boston Symphony Hall, Osaka Castle Hall and the Hong Kong Cultural Center.

Koto player, Masayo Ishigure, is a native of Gifu, Japan and began learning the instrument at a very young age. Arriving in New York in 1992 she was invited to play with the San Diego Orchestra and the NY City Ballet. In 1998 she recorded music played at the Nagano Olympics.

At the age of seven Momo Suzuki began classical Japanese dance studies with the Fujima School of Yamagata, Japan. Before her 1983 arrival in New York, Suzuki was a teaching member of the Kamioka Japanese Folk Dance Company of Tokyo. As a kimono clad Japanese dancer she was featured in Madonna’s music video, “Nothing Really Matters.”

The rest of the group is rounded out by Taiko players Marguerite Z. Bunyan, Malika Yasuko Duckworth, Masayuki Mizunuma and Chikako Saito.


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