Artists & Education
Reference Guide 2015
Taikoza (Touring from New York City Young Audiences Affiliate)
Experience the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Japanese Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes. Hear the 100 lb. Taiko drums give thunderous voice to traditional and new exciting music.
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. With colorful traditional costumes and dynamic motion, Taikoza’s shows are immensely popular with audiences of all ages.
In addition to drums of assorted sizes, Taikoza incorporates the shakuhachi and the Fue (both bamboo flutes) and colorful dances.
The group has toured internationally and has appeared on ESPN, NBC, History Channel, etc. Taikoza’s music is featured on Nintendo’s Wii game: Red Steel 1 and 2. The group has performed for the SUMO tournament tour at Madison Square Garden.
Taikoza presents a very popular program for schools in the New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Virginia for Young Audiences chapters and Symphony Space. An NEA grant unded a tour of Birmingham, AL area schools organized by the Birmingham International Festival.
Taikoza just released two new CD in 2015: Voice of the Earth and Tree Spirit
For new CD: www.Cdbaby.com/taikoza3
Taikoza is based in New York City. The members of Taikoza have performed in some of the most prestigious halls and locations such as Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Suntory Hall, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall and House of Music, Osaka Festival Hall, Lincoln Center, Mount Fuji, Miyajima Temple in Hiroshima, Peace Memorial Hall in Hiroshima and many others. They have performed in Russia, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, Switzerland, Germany, France, Mexico, Belarus, Republic of Georgia, and many more.
Performances include corporate events for Merrill Lynch, Gillette, Ameritech, City of Los Angeles, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Dell Computers, PepsiCo, Bloomberg, Pfizer, Merck, Diesel, Sony, City of Tokyo, and City of New York etc.
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