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Japanese drum performance to energize Fayette county April 11

Taikoza performers with their instruments
4/3/2012 —

Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month with the Japanese drums of Taikoza, performing at noon on Wednesday, April 11, at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus’ Maggie Hardy Magerko Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

Taikoza uses powerful rhythms of the ancestral Taiko drums to create music of the Japanese culture. Roughly translated, “Taiko” means big drums—and that’s exactly what Taikoza provides. The large, barrel-like drum can fill the air with the sounds of rolling thunder. The group draws from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual performance. In addition to drums of assorted sizes, Taikoza incorporates the shakuhachi, the fue (both bamboo flutes), and the Koto (a 13 string instrument).

Chad Long, assistant director of student affairs at Penn State Fayette, says, “This performance is a great way for the community to experience a musical culture most of us are not familiar with.”

Taikoza has toured internationally and has appeared on ESPN, NBC, History Channel, Russian national television, and many other programs around the world. Taikoza’s music is featured on the Nintendo Wii games Red Steel 1 and 2.

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