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Free Young Persons' Concerts - Soh Daiko Japanese Drumming on Saturday

Free Young Persons' Concerts - Soh Daiko Japanese Drumming
Saturday, April 21, 2012, 02:00pm - 03:00pm
Music for Youth and Pequot Library present Soh Daiko, Japanese drumming.
This concert takes place at Trinity Church.

Taiko is the Japanese word for drum. The beat of the taiko, from ancient agricultural rites and the music of Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, has resounded throughout Japanese culture for centuries. Traditionally taiko was used at ritual entertainments and festivals to summon the gods and spirits, to drive away evil forces and to give courage, strength and courage to warriors. In the past 50 soh_daiko_editedyears, taiko has become a contemporary art form, a new tradition that blends the sound, movement and rhythm of its Asian roots with Western flair.
In 1979 Soh Daiko, under the guidance of the New York Buddhist Church, became the first taiko drumming group in the eastern U.S. Among its objectives are to develop an appreciation of Japanese and Japanese American heritage; a belief in the oneness of the universe; a desire to promote an understanding and love for taiko music and the development of taiko skills with a spirit of togetherness, oneness and fellowship within the group.
Begun as a youth activity of the New York Buddhist Church, they learned not only about taiko techniques, but also about taiko philosophy and evolved into an adult program. They were given the name, Soh Daiko, which means “peace, harmony and working together.”
Soh Daiko currently numbers sixteen players who come from diverse backgrounds and professions. The group’s repertoire includes traditional compositions from Shinto music, existing taiko compositions and original arrangements by its own members. In addition to drums the group incorporates bamboo flutes, brass bells, conch shells and gongs into its performances. More than mere percussion, Soh Daiko features a forceful visual element of movement and choreography, requiring physical strength, endurance and energy that make taiko such an exciting performance experienc
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Location : Trinity Church 651 Pequot Avenue Southport, CT 06890 203-255-0454

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