An ensemble of premier drummers dedicated to the American art of taiko, TAIKOPROJECT brings the celebrated tradition of Japanese percussion to Three Stage at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway in Folsom.
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“In a time when the eyes of the world have been so focused on the multiple disasters in Japan, the power of taiko drumming is energetic and rejuvenating,” noted Three Stages Executive Director Dave Pier. “TAIKOPROJECT is a youthful reinvention of an ancient tradition.”
TAIKOPROJECT will perform in Three Stages on Saturday, June 4, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $21-34 with premium tickets available for $39. They are available online at threestages.net or from Three Stages ticket office at 916-608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time.
TAIKOPROJECT seeks not only to entertain audiences, but also to inform them about the history and integrity of taiko as an evolving art form.
Founded in 2000 in Los Angeles, the group was conceived by Bryan Yamami with the idea of bringing together the best young taiko players in North America to create an innovative theatrical production. That show, TAIKOPROJECT: (re)generation, seamlessly blends taiko with storytelling, music, hip-hop choreography, multi-media and dance.
Since its initial formation, TAIKOPROJECT has made history for American taiko not only with their show, but their work in the commercial and international arenas.
In Fall 2005, the TAIKOPROJECT traveled to Japan for the first time to represent American taiko at the 4th Annual Tokyo International Taiko Contest and became the first American taiko group to win First Place in the internationally recognized event. Since that time, they have toured to Hawaii, Mexico, Hong Kong, Japan, Greece and across the U.S.
In 2008, the group recorded tracks for hip hop star Kanye West’s “Glow in the Dark Tour” and for the Nike:Fast Forward commercial with superstar producer Squeak E. Clean.
In 2009, TAIKOPROJECT performed for the 81st Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, sharing the stage with composer A.R. Rahman and singer John Legend.
After performing for the opening of the Modern Wing in Chicago, TAIKOPROJECT performed with rock band 30 Seconds to Mars at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, with legend Stevie Wonder at the Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee, and was featured in a commercial campaign in Mexico for FAMSA’s Kurazai motorcycle.
Recently, TAIKOPROJECT performed at the 2011 Grammys in a musical medley featuring teen pop star Justin Bieber and hip hop star Usher. ”… They blew the roof off with their energy and willingness to take taiko into the 21st century by experimenting with various media and set- tings. They take American taiko outside the box.” International Examiner, Seattle Wash.