Guest Artists, TAO: Seventeen Samurai

TAO: Seventeen Samurai
Family-friendly performance on Sunday, January 31 at 4pm at the Zoellner Arts Center
Tickets available here.

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TAO: Seventeen Samurai showcases the Taiko drumming, precision, energy and stamina of athlete-drummers with “incomparable muscular zeal” (Chicago Tribune).  After years of intensive training at a mountainous compound in Japan, these performers, with their diverse backgrounds—one as a hard rock musician, another as a gymnast and another as a composer—have reached the highest level of virtuosity.  This show is part of Zoellner’s Family-Friendly series which features quality performances that are suitable for all ages for a fun family night out.  Tickets are $39/34.

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TAO started as a traditional Japanese drumming group over 15 years ago in Aichi, Japan.  After viewing an inspiring Cirque du Soleil performance, the group’s founding members decided to update the ancient art of wadaiko (Japanese drum) for modern audiences around the world.  A strict training regime is essential to be capable of the incredibly physical performances.  The troupe starts each day with a 20k run, followed by a few hours of muscle training, and at least two hours of basic drum training which involves continuous pounding of the taiko drum.

larry_pic2In conjunction with the performance, there is a free lecture and demonstration at 3 pm in the Goodman Lobby featuring Larry Stockton, a specialist in traditional Japanese music, specifically music of the Kabuki Theater, and percussion traditions from around the world.  He is a Lafayette College music professor and teaches courses in World Music Traditions, Jazz, East Asian Studies and various other courses.  He also directs the Percussion Ensemble and is active as a performer (percussion), conductor, and clinician, having performed and studied throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Japan, Korea, Ghana, and Indonesia. He has published numerous articles and conducted workshops and offered lectures on Japanese music and various world music traditions. He has produced and edited a four-volume set of concert band music for Toshiba-EMI, Ltd, The Masterpiece Series.

Performance Sponsor:
Ichiko and Joseph W. Long ’88 & Family
With support from LU Student Auxiliary Services

Prelude Sponsor: Youngs Advisory Group.

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