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Hibiki 2016


Sun 30 Oct 2016, 2:00pm–3:45pm
Sun 30 Oct 2016, 7:00pm–8:45pm

Where: Centennial Theatre, 55-85 Mountain Road, Epsom, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages


Listed by: HelenAu

You feel a taiko drum performance with your whole body. This powerful sound is the soul of Japan: thousands of years of samurai, festivals, bullet trains, and volcanic eruptions, condensed into simple flowing rhythms.

Experience Haere Mai Taiko, one of New Zealand's most authentic taiko groups, at a very special solo concert. This is a rare opportunity to see and hear their dynamic, energetic performance of award-winning modern songs and powerful traditional classics.

Modern taiko drumming fuses centuries-old temple rhythms and '50s jazz, binding them together with a thoroughly Japanese essence.

In 1951 Japanese Jazz drummer Daihachi Oguchi, inspired by traditional drum notations he discovered in forgotten temple manuscripts, put on a group performance, introducing a new ensemble form of Japanese percussion. This new genre spread in a wave of popularity throughout Japan and the entire world.

Here Mai Taiko play songs written by two of Japan's most celebrated taiko composers, Hisashi Kitahara and Michiko Nakamori, who have travelled to New Zealand to teach them personally.

The group is also privileged to be joined by traditional dance troupe Nanazu Mai, who have come from Japan especially to perform in this concert.

Experience this special sound for yourself, an exciting performance of taiko drumming, with powerful ancient rhythms and award-winning modern songs direct from Japan.

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