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Japanese drummers to perform Jan. 23 in Kostos Building

Taikoza, Japanese drummers perform
Japanese drummers from the group Taikoza perform on a taiko

 

Penn State Hazleton’s Cultural Events Series continues as Taikoza, a group performing on a variety of Japanese instruments, takes the stage in room 1 Kostos Building at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23. The event is free and open to the public.

Each and every Taikoza performance has one common theme: unique instruments combining for an original (and unforgettable) sound. The featured instrument is the taiko, a large, barrel-like drum that can fill the air with the sounds of rolling thunder. Taikoza uses taikos of various sizes, ranging from two to six feet, and weighing up to 170lbs. The largest is a 6-foot drum that is 4½ feet in diameter.

In addition to drums of assorted sizes, Taikoza incorporates also the shakuhachi, the fue (both bamboo flutes) and the koto (a 13-string instrument) to create a new dimension and a powerful impact on the audience. Their love for the Taiko art form transcends national boundaries, bringing new energy to this ancestral form.

Taikoza’s shows provide enjoyment through a unique cultural experience of Japan. Taikoza introduces the various musical instruments and explains some of the history of the festivals that inspire the music. Traditional costumes add to the visual excitement of the performer’s dynamic movements.

The next cultural event will feature the traditional and contemporary Irish music of the Screaming Orphans at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, in the Slusser/Bayzick Building.

For more information, contact the Office of University Relations at (570) 450-3180. 

 

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