Taikoza will present ancestral Japanese Taiko drumming, bamboo flutes and colorful Japanese dances. The international touring Taiko group led by director Marco Lienhard will present new compositions as well as traditional pieces in this unique concert. Special guest from Japan: Ichiro Jishoya.
This will be another memorable event featuring drums of all sizes, with some drums weighing 400 lbs and over 6 feet long, this is a night not to be missed. Marco Lienhard and Ichiro Jishoya are both former members of the legendary group Ondekoza. This concert will celebrate the 150 anniversary of the diplomatic relationship between Switzerland and Japan with Swiss born director Marco Lienhard.
Ichiro Jishoya was recently featured in the documentary Drum Out the Drum of Happiness - Inclusion. This concert will be a unique chance to experience Jishoya's very energetic and youthful energy on the Taiko.
Experience the thunderous rhyhms 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 poppular with audiences of all ages.
Drawing from Japan's rich tradition of music and perfomance, 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 internationially and has appeared on ESPN, NBC, History Channel, etc. Taikoza's music is featured on Nintendo's Wii game: Red Steel 1 & 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 Virgian areas for young audiences. 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.