Sunday, January 3, 2016

On Ensemble: Contemporary Taiko Quartet in Pittsburgh, January 14.

via the On Ensemble website.

The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh Taiko will present "On Ensemble: Contemporary Taiko Quartet" for a January 14 performance in the Hill District. From the JASP website:
On Ensemble is at the forefront of the growing taiko (Japanese ensemble drumming) community in the United States. Led by childhood friends Shoji Kameda and Masato Baba, On Ensemble has made a name for itself by combining the powerful rhythms and singing of traditional taiko with vibrant jazzy melodies.

The group has achieved recognition worldwide, from being the first American group to have been invited to perform at the prestigious Nihon no Taiko concert series in Japan in 2013, to their three critically-acclaimed albums. Their fearless musical explorations have taken the ancient instruments of taiko into new realms and have established a distinctly modern expression for the art form.
The event runs from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium at the Hill House on 1835 Centre Ave. (map). Tickets are $20 for JASP members, $25 for adult non-members, $10 for students grades 5 through university, and free for students grade 4 and under. Ticket information is available at the JASP event page.