Organized by the School of Music, Theater & Dance.
Organized by Erik Santos (U-M Associate Professor of Composition and Performing Arts & Technology), Toko Shiiki-Santos (Video Director), and Brian Sole (Director, Raion Taiko, Great Lakes Taiko Center), and co-sponsored by the Center for World Performance Studies and the Center for Japanese Studies, we welcome the Yamakiya Taiko Ensemble to the University of Michigan between March 20 - 25, 2016.
This concert is free and open to the public.
Presented exactly 5 years after the disasters, The Fukushima Tribute Concert, featuring the Yamakiya Taiko Ensemble, will be held on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at the Power Center in Ann Arbor, MI. Yamakiya Taiko wishes to share the power of music with people in the United States for all of their support during hard times.
Special guests include Raion Taiko and the Great Lakes Taiko Center Drummers from Novi, MI.
The Yamakiya Taiko Ensemble is a fantastic youth drum ensemble from Fukushima Japan. The group ranges in age from 12–21, and has been together for almost sixteen years. In 2011, earthquake, tsunami and nuclear plant disasters scattered the ensemble into exile, but against challenging odds, their commitment to music and to each other has helped them to endure and evolve together. They were featured in the movie "Threshold: Whispers of Fukushima".
This event is organized by SMTD and co-sponsored by CWPS and CJS.