Japanese Taiko Drumming Group to Perform April 18 at Penn State York
The powerful sound of Japanese Taiko drums will fill Penn State York’s Pullo Family Performing Arts Center (The Pullo Center) on Monday, April 18, at 7 p.m. when Taikoza, Japanese Drumming Ensemble, visits York. This free performance is part of the campus’ Cultural and Performing Artists Series sponsored by MediaOnePA.
Taikoza, a Japanese music and dance group founded by Marco Lienhard, has dazzled audiences worldwide with its electrifying performances since 1995. The Taiko is a large barrel-like drum that can fill the air with the sounds of rolling thunder. Drawing from Japan's rich tradition of music and performance, Taikoza has created a new sound using a variety of traditional instruments. In addition to drums of assorted sizes, Taikoza performers also play the shakuhachi and the fue (both bamboo flutes) and the koto (a 13-string instrument).
Taikoza has performed in Europe, and Asia. The group has also appeared on the History Channel and The Last Samurai DVD set. Taikoza’s goal is to educate people about the exciting art form of Taiko and introduce them to Japanese culture. Much like their music, Taikoza’s members come from culturally diverse backgrounds.
For more information on Taikoza and Marco Lienhard, visit http://www.taikoza.com online.