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San Jose Taiko

San Jose Taiko

San Jose Taiko

Grunin Presents

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Main Stage, Tickets $29 – $25

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About the Show

San Jose Taiko (SJT) has been mesmerizing audiences since 1973 with the powerful, spellbinding, and propulsive sounds of the taiko.  Inspired by traditional Japanese drumming, SJT performers express the beauty and harmony of the human spirit through the voice of the taiko as they create new dimensions in Asian American movement and music. Continuing the core values of founding directors and National Endowment for the Arts 2011 National Heritage Fellows, Roy and PJ Hirabayashi, San Jose Taiko performances are based on a profound respect for each member of the group. All compositions performed by SJT are written or arranged by members of the group. Composing, choreographing, designing and producing costumes, and handcrafting of the drums are part of the holistic process in which all members participate. Through this singleness of mind and spirit, harmony is achieved and the music rings with unity and clarity.

SJT has broadened this historical art form into a style that joins the traditional rhythms of Japanese drumming with other world rhythms, including African, Brazilian, Filipino, Latin, and jazz, bridging many styles, while still resonating with the Asian soul in America. Company members study both traditional and contemporary dance with leading choreographers, producing performances that are theatrical extravaganzas of movement and music.

Since 1987, when SJT became one of the first American taiko ensembles invited to tour Japan, the company has collaborated in joint concerts with internationally renowned Asian performing artists. SJT has also collaborated with artists from other disciplines, including the Bangerz, Brenda Wong Aoki, Mark Izu, Kenny Endo, Eth-Noh-Tec, American Conservatory Theater, George Coates Performance Works, San Jose Repertory Theatre, The San Jose Museum of Art, Abhinaya Dance Company, Hiroshima, Jon Jang, Keith Terry and Crosspulse, Anthony Brown, Marco Lienhard, Qi-Chao Liu, PressGang, and Michael Sasaki.

SJT has been recognized for its artistic and managerial excellence by the Advancement Program from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Multicultural Advancement Program from the California Arts Council, Meet The Composer International Creative Collaborations, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Knight Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the Chevron Award for Excellence. In 1994, SJT was honored by the Arts Council of Santa Clara County with a commendation for community leadership for its efforts to foster cultural and ethnic diversity in the arts.

 

This engagement of San Jose Taiko is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

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Las Cafeteras

Main Stage, Tickets $20

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Born and raised east of the Los Angeles River, Las Cafeteras are remixing roots music and telling modern day stories. Las Cafeteras create a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East L.A. sound and positive message. Their Afro-Mexican beats, rhythms, and rhymes deliver inspiring lyrics that document stories of a community seeking love and justice in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles. Using traditional Son Jarocho instruments like the jarana (guitar-shaped, fretted stringed instrument), requinto (a small guitar, typically tuned a fifth higher than a standard guitar), quijada (idiophone percussion instrument made the jawbone of a donkey), and tarima (a wooden platform), Las Cafeteras sing in English, Spanish, and Spanglish and add a remix of sounds, from rock to hip-hop to rancheras. Las Cafeteras use music as a vehicle to build bridges among different cultures and communities, and create “a world where many worlds fit.”

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For the 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM School Performances, please contact Jaclyn Wood at 732-255-0400 ext. 2487 to book your school group.

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Black String

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Based on traditional Korean and improvisational music, Black String aims to seek a new sound that can internalize a variety of musical expressions in traditional music and jazz, as well as harmonize with other expressions in world music. Black String attempts to create a unique language through Asian intuition and musical idiom. The group was founded in 2011 as part of “UK Connection,” a government-sponsored Korea-United Kingdom cultural exchange program.

The band consists of Yoon-jeong Heo (Geomungo – Korean stringed instrument of the zither family), Aram Lee (Daegum –  large bamboo transverse flute, and Yanggeum – Korean stringed instrument, i.e. hammered dulcimer), and Jean Oh (jazz guitar). The band made its debut at Jarasum International Jazz Festival (South Korea) and London Jazz Festival (UK) in 2012, collaborating with UK artists Tim Garland, John Turville, Asaf Sirkis, and Gwilym Simcock.  The group performs at many world-renowned festivals and venues. Black String’s creative use of the amplified sound of a Geomungo, the fierce quake of Korean traditional percussion, and the unpredictable melody of jazz guitar will grasp all your senses!

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For the 11:00 AM School Performance, please contact Jaclyn Wood at 732-255-0400 ext. 2487 to book your school group.

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