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Japanese Music, Folk Tales, and Dances

Offerings Education Main 20
  • Culture | Asia
  • Format | Workshop, School Assembly, Cultural Field Trip, After School Program, Community Event
  • Discipline | Music, Dance, Storytelling
  • Level | All Ages, Pre-K to Grade 2, Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

This international ensemble presents the legends, the music, and the folk dances of Japan through the traditional percussions of Taiko drums and through the shakuhachi and the fue (both bamboo flutes). The artists introduce various traditional Japanese instruments, teaching Japanese vocabulary related to these instruments along with the history of the ancient festivals that inspired the music. Students virtually travel to various areas of Japan to experience the music, the stories, and the dances that honor its culture. As exemplified by their playing of the Taiko drums, this workshop and performance is rich with student participation.

Artists

Taikoza

Taikoza, a Japanese music and dance group, was founded by Marco Lienhard in 1995. With 3,000 concerts to their credit, Taikoza has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Boston Symphony Hall, Symphony Space, Hong Kong Cultural Center, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. They have appeared on ESPN, at the Sumo tournament at Madison Square Garden, and have recorded music for a Nintendo Wii game: “Red Steel.” They have presented programs at Grand Central Station as a promotion for the city of Tokyo, and at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden for the cherry blossom celebration.