CHICAGO — The unmistakable sound of Taiko (Japanese drums), once heard only at seasonal festivals and temples in Japan, reaches a new level at MCA Stage this year. The tenth anniversary performance features two distinct programs.
MCA Stage and Asian Improv aRts Midwest join forces for the eleventh season of Taiko Legacy 11, Sat & Sun, Dec 20 & 21, 2014, 3 p.m. at MCA’s Edlis Neeson Theater, 220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.
Three generations of drummers from Tsukasa Taiko share the stage for Taiko Legacy 11 with master reedist Douglas R Ewart, percussionist Coco Elysses, and Kimono dancer Yoshinojo Fujima (Fujima Ryu), alongside Tokyo master musicians Chizuru Kineya (shamisen), Takane Umeya (hand drum), and Hyakkyo Fukuhara (bamboo flute), and San Francisco’s Melody Takata and Gen Ensemble.
Reduction2 will be held Sat, Dec 20, 2014 7:30 p.m. at MCA’s Edlis Neeson Theater, 220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.
Reduction2 explores taiko’s quieter, more subtle beauty. For this hybrid work, director Tatsu Aoki draws on his experience in Tokyo’s new wave of performance art. The unearthly Ayako Kato, one of Chicago’s leading contemporary dance improvisers, performs alongside formidable creative musicians including reedists Edward Wilkerson Jr., Mwata Bowden Douglas R Ewart, vocalist Dee Alexander and flutist Nicole Mitchell. Taiko player Eigen Aoki joins the estimable Michael Zerang and Hamid Drake on snare drums and percussion.
Buy tickets online at www.mcachicago.org/ performances or call the MCA Box Office, 312.397.4010.
MCA members $16, Nonmembers $20, Students $10. FOR: Tatsu Aoki/Tsukasa Taiko.