The amazing drum group Taikoza will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 11, at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Arts Center. It is the sixth concert of the 2015-16 Friends of Good Music season.
Roughly translated from Japanese, Taiko means big drums and that’s exactly what Taikoza brings: big drums, powerful rhythms and electrifying energy. This exciting group draws from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual show.
With colorful traditional costumes and dynamic motion, Taikoza’s performances are immensely popular with audiences of all ages. Taikoza has created a new sound using a variety of traditional instruments. In addition to drums of assorted sizes, Taikoza incorporates the shakuhachi and the fue (both bamboo flutes) and colorful dances.
Taikoza has toured extensively in North America, Europe and Asia. In the United States, members of Taikoza have performed in some of the most prestigious halls, including Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden and Hammerstein Ballroom. Taikoza’s television appearances include the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The History Channel’s “History vs. Hollywood,” and ESPN’s “S.U.M.O.: The Battle of the Giants.” Taikoza’s music is featured on Nintendo’s Wii game “Red Steel 1 and 2.”
“At their first QCA appearance in 2007, Taikoza played to a sold out house and the audience shouted for encores,” said Ludwig Brunner, executive director of the Quick Center. “We are very glad to welcome back this powerful group for a return engagement. Taikoza is coming to Olean directly from its successful tour of Argentina and Brazil. If you missed the performance last time or you want to experience their music again, I recommend that you secure your tickets early.”
Taikoza was formed in New York City by Marco Lienhard, a Swiss native who was a principal member of the group Ondekoza for 17 years. While studying in Japan with Master Katsuya Yokoyama, Lienhard became a virtuoso soloist and has performed more than 6,000 concerts around the world.
Single concert tickets are $20 per person (full price), $16 for subscribers, senior citizens and St. Bonaventure employees, and $5 for students. For tickets and information, call The Quick Center at (716) 375-2494.
For this and all other performances, the museum galleries will open one hour before the start of each performance and remain open throughout the intermission. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Museum admission is free and open to the public, year round. Visit The Quick Arts Center at www.sbu.edu/QuickCenter.
This performance is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts.
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