Drum, dance group performs Wednesday at Hamilton College

CLINTON — The Tamagawa University Taiko (Drum) and Dance Group will give a workshop and performance at Hamilton College on Wednesday.

Both are free and open to the public.

The workshop will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and the performance will follow at 7 p.m., all in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for the Performing Arts on Hamilton’s campus.

The Tamagawa University Taiko Dance Group has been touring the world since 1961, visiting Mexico, England, Greece, Canada, Malaysia, Russia, Indonesia, Africa and the United States. Its performance of high-energy Taiko drumming and Japanese folkloric dance has received rave reviews from The New York Times and other media.

The 30-member group won third prize in competition against 450 other groups at the Tokyo International Taiko contest in 2006.

With growing numbers of fans every year, the group returns to the U.S. to perform at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C.

A reception will be held immediately following the performance.

The events are sponsored by Hamilton’s Dean of Faculty, East Asian Languages & Literatures Department, and Asian Studies and hosted by the Performing Arts Department and the Japanese Program.