Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Taikoza to perform at Clarion University Venango College, Penn State Dubois and Fayette campuses, Spring 2015.

The touring Japanese drumming ensemble Taikoza will make several stops in Pennsylvania in 2015: Oil City, Dubois, and Uniontown on this half of the state. From Taikoza's self-introduction:
Taikoza uses the powerful rhythms of the Taiko drums to create an electrifying energy that carries audiences in a new dimension of excitement. The Taiko is a large, barrel-like drum that can fill the air with the sounds of rolling thunder. Roughly translated, Taiko means big drums-and that’s exactly what Taikoza brings. Big Drums, powerful rhythms, and electrifying, room-thumping energy. This exciting group draws from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual performance. 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 incorporates the shakuhachi, the fue (both bamboo flutes) and the Koto (a 13 string instrument).
The Penn State Dubois show is scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, and the Clarion University Venango College show for April 3. Both towns are roughly two hours northwest of Pittsburgh. The Penn State Fayette campus show, in Uniontown, is scheduled for April 7 at 11 am.