Copresented with Asian Improv aRts Midwest
Pan-Asian percussive masters revel in both the classical art and the contemporary appeal of taiko—Japanese drumming. Once heard only at traditional ceremonies and temples in Japan, taiko today makes a vital contribution to the global expression of drumming.
An eclectic slate of music and dance artists hailing from Tokyo, San Francisco, and Chicago performs two programs of percussive pummeling rooted in the sounds of taiko: a family-friendly show, Taiko Legacy 11, and an evening performance, Reduction.
A perennial family favorite at MCA Stage, Taiko Legacy 11 features exquisite dance-drum work performed by three generations of drummers of Asian descent, including Dohee Lee (Korean drum) and Melody Takata (taiko), as well as grandmaster kimono dance artist Fujima Shunojo. Sharing the stage with contemporary dancers, Japan’s music masters Noriko Sugiyama and Takane Umeya play floor-mounted taiko, one of the genre’s earliest forms, along with virtuoso Hyakkyo Fukuhara on bamboo flute
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