The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center will present two of Japan’s most critically acclaimed taiko soloists and former members of Kodo, Hiroyuki Hayashida and Shuichi Hidano, joined by Jun Takada to make up a super taiko trio. The Taiko Center of LA Ensemble, under the direction of Rev. Tom Kurai, will open for this high-octane performance on Saturday, March 5, at 2 p.m.
Performing outdoors on the JACCC Plaza, the Super Taiko trio represents some of the most cutting-edge and powerful displays of taiko artistry today.
“We’re very excited to host these three accomplished taiko artists here at the JACCC to launch our spring season,” said JACCC Artistic Director Hirokazu Kosaka. “We hope that using the JACCC Plaza as a performance space will provide the artists and audience members with a unique experience.”
The internationally renowned Hayashida has performed throughout the world and is known for his unique shouldering taiko called the katsugi oke daiko. Hidano has earned a reputation of versatility and creativity, and toured Asia with Stevie Wonder in 2010. Takada began playing taiko at the age of 8 and started his professional taiko career with a tour that opened in 1998.
The plaza is located on San Pedro Street between Second and Third streets in Little Tokyo. Tickets are $20 general admission, $18 for JACCC members, and $25 at the door.
Super Taiko is made possible by support from The Japan Foundation, REMO, and Sozenji Buddhist Temple.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call (213) 680-3700 or visit www.jaccc.org.