Taiko Drumming, Bamboo Flutes and Traditional Japanese dances with Taikoza, the international touring Taiko group led by director Marco Lienhard, and with special guest from Japan: Ichiro Jishoya in his first NY appearance.
About Guest performer Ichiro Jishoya:
Ichiro Jishoya graduated from the Music Performance Department at the Osaka University of Arts. He became a member of the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, before joining the international Taiko group “ Ondekoza” and became its music director and leader. In 1989 Ichiro Jishoya left Ondekoza to start his own Taiko group, which was named: "Wadaiko ICHIRO", later he changed its name to " The Japanese Drums Orchestra ICHIRO"("JDO ICHIRO"). Since 2002, Ichiro Jishoya has performed as a soloist and has performed in over 23 countries and over 1500 concerts. He has performed at such venues as Boston Symphony Hall, Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Opera House of Amsterdam, The Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Odeon of Herod Atticus theatre in Athens and many more. ICHIRO has also performed as a soloist in the Japan Virtuoso Symphony Orchestra. In 2003, ICHIRO released his first solo CD titled "MADE IN JAPAN". He has appeared on Japanese national TV (NHK) as a Taiko teacher in the renowned program "Oshare Kohbo". In 2005, Ichiro Jishoya was a taiko instructor in the department of development sciences at the University of Kobe. Ichiro Jishoya, with his classical background and his perfect pitch, has composed numerous Taiko pieces for his company as well as for other Taiko groups. In 2011, he produced, played and composed the music for the documentary movie, "Drum Out the Drum of Happiness -INCLUSION-".
Media around the world have praised his performances:
The Daily Express described his performance as "Strikingly beautiful",
Time Out as "Primevally exciting", and the Sunday Times as "Exhilarating".
Experience the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Japanese Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes. Hear the 100 lb. Taiko drum; give thunderous voice to traditional and new compositions.
Roughly translated, Taiko means big drums-and that’s exactly what Taikoza brings. Big Drums, powerful rhythms, and electrifying, room-thumping energy. This exciting group draws from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual performance. With colorful traditional costumes and dynamic motion, Taikoza’s shows are immensely popular with audiences of all ages.
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 incorporates the shakuhachi and the Fue (both bamboo flutes) and colorful dances.
The group has toured internationally and has appeared on ESPN, NBC, History Channel, etc. Taikoza’s music is featured on Nintendo’s Wii game: Red Steel 1 and 2. The group has performed for the SUMO tournament at Madison Square Garden and tour.
Taikoza presents a very popular program for schools in the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Philadelphia and Virginia area for Young Audiences and Symphony Space. Taikoza did a tour of Birmingham, AL area schools funded with a NEA grant that the Birmingham International Festival received.
Taikoza was formed in New York City by members of Ondekoza (the group that started the renaissance of taiko in Japan in the 60s and introduced Taiko to the world).
The members of Taikoza have performed in some of the most prestigious halls and locations such as Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Suntory Hall, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall and House of Music, Osaka Festival Hall, Lincoln Center, Mount Fuji, Miyajima Temple in Hiroshima, Peace Memorial Hall in Hiroshima and many others. They have performed in Russia, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, Switzerland, Germany, France, Mexico, Belarus, Republic of Georgia, and many more.
Performances include corporate events for Merrill Lynch, Gillette, Ameritech, City of Los Angeles, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Dell Computers, PepsiCo, Bloomberg, Pfizer, Merck, Diesel, Sony, City of Tokyo, and City of New York etc.
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