CLINTON – Hamilton College Performing Arts presents San Jose Taiko on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts.
San Jose Taiko was founded in 1973 by young Asian Americans searching for an outlet to convey their experiences as third generation Japanese Americans. Looking to Japan for inspiration, they were drawn to the empowering sounds of the taiko - the Japanese drum - an instrument that embodies the spiritual essence and heartbeat of Japan.
Known for synchronized choreography and eclectic musicality, San Jose Taiko is acknowledged as one of the premier taiko ensembles in the world.
In 2010 the Foreign Minister’s office of the Japanese government awarded San Jose Taiko the Foreign Minister’s Commendation of Achievement in recognition of the group’s history and contributions to the taiko art form.
San Jose Taiko is only the second North American taiko group to receive that honor.
In 2011, founding directors Roy and PJ Hirabayashi were recognized as National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows.
In addition to the Hamilton College performance, San Jose Taiko will present a free mini-concert at the Kirkland Town Library on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 3:30 p.m. and a school performance at Hamilton College for elementary school students in the Clinton, Utica, Waterville and Rome school districts on Friday morning.
Tickets are $20, $15 for senior citizens and $5 for students. For more information, call the box office at 315-859-4331 or visit www.hamilton.edu/performingarts.
The company’s engagement at Hamilton College is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.