About the Artist
Taikoza is a New York-based Japanese Taiko drum and dance ensemble that uses the deep and powerful rhythms of the Taiko drums, stringed instruments, metal percussion and bamboo flutes to create electrifying energy and a highly visual musical art form. Drawing from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance, Taikoza has created an original and high-energy sound that transcends national boundaries. Taikoza has thrilled audiences all over the world with its highly educational and artistic programs.
What the schools are saying: Alison Cochrane, Vice President of Salem School PTO writes: Our third grade studies Japan and its culture so the tie-in with our curriculum provided our students with an opportunity to hear and see some of the traditions about which they had only read. The performers held the audiences attention with the sounds of the drums, but when they invited students to join them, it became a truly personal event, which they will not forget. Thanks to Arts for Learning Connecticut for providing these opportunities
Taikoza (Grades 3-12; younger students may be included with a mixed-age audience)
Three drummers and one dancer present music and dance inspired by traditional festivals throughout Japan. This program includes exquisite and colorful dances in full costume, the enchanting sounds of bamboo flutes, the koto and the thunderous sounds of the large, barrel-like taiko drums. Fun audience participation and the powerful, yet graceful synthesis of sound and motion that is Taiko will make this program a memorable experience for your students. Length: 45 minutes
Single Performance: $1030
Back to Back Performances: $1,535
Taiko Rhythm Workshop (Grades 5-8) also available
Classical Japanese Music
East Winds Ensemble presents a program of Japanese music played on the 13-string koto and the different bamboo flutes: the five holed shakuhachi, the Shinobue and Noh theater flute. The programs consist of duets and solos played on the different instruments. The members will demonstrate the instruments and have some of the students try out the instruments – the group will bring some flutes so that some of the students can try it out. The Music varies from folk songs to more classical traditional pieces.
Single Performance: $855
Back to Back Performances: $1,215
From Hogaku Journal, Tokyo – “An amazing Shakuhachi player Marco Lienhard has come out with a new CD, truly a very gifted and wonderful sense of musicality. Not since “ National Treasure” Yamaguchi Goro’s rendition of Kinko Honkyoku music have I felt the need to listen to more of his music. His rendition of Honkyoku form the Watazumi style is incredible and everyone studying the style should listen to it. His powerful and heartfelt rendition of Amazing grace reminded me of such gospel singers as Mahalia Jackson. ”
Program Guide: Taikoza