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TAIKO LEGACY 19
Sunday, December 18 - 2pm

REDUCTION 8
Saturday, December 17 - 7pm

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Taiko Legacy is a concert series that recontextualizes the cultural traditions of shamisen, dance, and taiko as contemporary interpretation of music and performance. As one of the largest taiko concerts in the Midwest, Taiko Legacy is anchored by seasoned group Tsukasa Taiko and celebrates the 19th iteration this year. The perennial presentation features arrangements of original compositions which emphasize the melodic capacity of the taiko. The ensemble performance explores these concepts of musicality rooted in a range of musical styles including: ozashiki (geisha chamber music), ohayashi (classical/folk/theater music), and matsuri taiko (festival taiko music). Featured international guests are grandmasters Chizuru Kineya, Hyakkyo Fukuhara, Takane Umeya and Kimiei Fujima from Japan, who will be joined by local grandmasters Shunojo Fujima and Yoshinojo Fujima. 

Reduction is a theatrical response that brings back the foundational aesthetics of Japanese music with a pared down concert of music and dance. It is a performative statement that articulates the stoicism of musical and theatrical elements that are lost in the non-traditional rhythmic and sonic embellishments that appear in mainstream renditions of Japanese drumming. Minimal arrangements of original compositions and improvisation merge contemporary and classical philosophies of a fluid and complex musicality. The evening is a confluence of the combined stylization of Tsukasa Taikos’ premiere performance ensemble Gintenkai with musicians Hamid Drake, Michael Zerang, and Nicole Mitchell, international grandmasters Chizuru Kineya, Hyakkyo Fukuhara, Takane Umeya and Kimiei Fujima, as well as local grandmasters Shunojo Fujima and Yoshinojo Fujima. 

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