This is to let you know Philadelphia’s first community taiko group, KyoDaiko, is co-sponsoring, with the Asian Arts Initiative, a performance by Taiko Project at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. We’d love it if you could support the event by coming, or by passing this information along to your friends and family!
Asian Arts Initiative and Kyo Daiko present
TAIKOPROJECT in concert
Friday, March 6, 2009
“Their brand of taiko is loud, fast, and cleanâ€”the energy level set at maximum.” â€“ Vancouver Bulletin
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
“This ain’t your mama’s taiko, but it may be your hip, younger cousin’s” says L.A. Weekly of TAIKOPROJECT, the premiere group of drummers who blend storytelling, video, hip hop, and world rhythms to create a uniquely American take on the Japanese art of taiko. Filled with contemporized tradition, striking music, and energetic movement, this high-action ensemble incorporates unconventional and innovative concepts to deliver an entertaining, power-packed performance. Think of it as the taiko version of Stomp!
Founded in 2000 by Bryan Yamami with the concept of bringing together the best young generation of taiko players in North America, TAIKOPROJECT has appeared on films and TV, has toured with wide acclaim nationally and internationally, and has the distinction of being the only American taiko group to win First Place in the prestigious Tokyo International Taiko Contest.
This project is made possible in part by a grant from the National Performance Network’s Performance Residency Program. For more information about NPN: www.npnweb.org