Moving to a different beat: taiko drummers to perform in Placid

LAKE PLACID The Lake Placid Center for the Arts is pleased to present the Portland Taiko Drumming Ensemble, an outstanding performance for the whole family. The sounds of Portland Taiko echo Japanese tradition derived from centuries-old religious ceremonies, court music, and community folk festivals. Yet the compositions of Portland Taiko express the diverse experiences of Asian Americans and engage in an exciting evolution of cultural performing arts. By combining traditional and modern compositions and choreography, Portland Taiko takes Asian American music into unexplored territory with its innovative and provocative creations. This one-night-only concert will be presented on Thursday, April 26 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Taiko, the Japanese word for drum and the name of the art form, has its roots in ancient Japanese tradition and was used in religious ceremonies, community festivals and theater. The boundaries of villages were defined by the distance from which the community taiko could be heard. American taiko was born in the late 1960s, and it became a powerful symbol of voice during the struggle for redress of the Japanese American internment. The only professional taiko company in the Pacific Northwest, Portland Taiko Ensemble was honored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Composers Forum to represent the state of Oregon in Continental Harmony. The ensemble is also widely recognized as a leading group in the North American taiko community. In November 2001, Portland Taiko traveled to Japan for a pilgrimage of workshops, performances and cultural exchange. The tour included intensive study with several taiko masters, as well as Hanayui based at Kodo Village on Sado Island. This performance is being presented in part by a grant awarded by the NYS Music Fund established by the Office of the Attorney General State of NY. Call the Lake Placid Center for the Arts at 523-2512 for reservations or more information, online at www.LakePlacidArts.org.

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