TAIKOPROJECT Hosts Taiko Nation Percussion Concert, 7/19 - 7/20
Thrilling, heart pounding and joyous percussion are the hallmark of taiko, and the best is in store when the world's top taiko ensembles and performers converge on L.A.'s Little Tokyo for an exhilarating three-concert event. Taiko Nation is set to electrify audiences July 19 and July 20 at the Aratani/Japan America Theatre.
According to mythology, taiko music was created when a Shinto goddess emptied out a barrel of sake and jumped on the barrel's head, stomping on it furiously to create compelling, percussive rhythms in her attempt to entice the goddess of sunlight from a cave where she had hidden. The other gods could not help but join in, dancing and singing joyously, and Amaterasu brought her light back to the world.
Los Angeles-based TAIKOPROJECT has been dazzling audiences with its unique contemporary blend of taiko, storytelling, music and choreography since its founding in 2000, performing in commercials, on TV and alongside musical superstars such as Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Usher, John Legend and Justin Bieber. This summer, in association with the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, the Japanese American National Museum, and the Southern California Taiko Community, TAIKOPROJECT, brings together over 500 participants from taiko groups throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, South America and Australia for the inaugural World Taiko Gathering. Activities will include three days of workshops, discussion sessions, taiko performances, and community-building activities, highlighted by the Taiko Nation three-concert series on Saturday and Sunday.