We are giving away a pair of tickets to see Portland Taiko’s Making Waves on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Portland State University’s Lincoln Hall. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, September 28.
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From our sponsors at Portland Taiko:
Making Waves w/ Portland Taiko
Saturday, September 29 @ 8 p.m.
Sunday, September 30 @ 2 p.m.
$15-$25 | All Ages Welcome
Tickets & More Info: www.portlandtaiko.org
Lincoln Hall, Portland State University
1620 SW Park Ave., in Portland
Every autumn we offer a chance to see Portland Taiko’s full company perform together on our largest drums –including our 5’ Okedo– in the season’s fall concert. Of the year’s offerings, the fall concert also gives our performers more creative space, resulting in a richer diversity of work within the show. Making Waves 2012 will feature the premier of four new works, from the varied voices of four Portland Taiko artists: Dan Chin, Karen Tingey, Toru Watanabe, and Portland Taiko Artistic Director Michelle Fujii.
Dan Chin’s untitled piece, Karen Tingey’s “Sunny” (working title), Toru Watanabe’s “GozuMezu”, and a collaborative piece by Watanabe and Fujii called “Poking the Stars,” together reveal the different inspirations and processes that shape new work in the taiko art form—and the exciting contrasts that are the result. For example, Tingey’s premier will be an ode to her late mother’s warmth and joy, whereas Watanabe’s composition takes its name from the legendary guardians of the underworld. Meanwhile Chin’s new work, his compositional debut, is inspired by sounds and rhythms from everyday life. Whether you are new to Portland Taiko or a long-time fan, Making Waves 2012 offers a sampling of our current voice, and a chance to experience the breadth of what taiko can do.
Founded in 1994, Portland Taiko was the first professional taiko (Japanese drum performance) ensemble in the Pacific Northwest. They have been a strong artistic presence in Portland and beyond for eighteen years. Portland Taiko pushes the boundaries of taiko expression by integrating contemporary sound, modern and folkdance movement, and world music with traditional taiko rhythms. Artistic Director Michelle Fujii and Managing Director Robin Mullins lead the company which performs for over 50,000 people locally and nationally in concerts, community performances, and tour engagements each year. Portland Taiko also offers studio classes, school programs, and community educational work to students of all ages.