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PERFORMANCE: TAIKOPROJECT ALL-STARS Tours New Mexico / Farmington, NM; Silver City, NM; Alamo, NM; Magdalena, NM; Socorro, NM

09/29/2017 - 10/06/2017

TAIKOPROJECT ALL-STARS, based in Los Angeles, will tour to three New Mexico communities, presenting public performances, interactive workshops and school assemblies this fall. TAIKOPROJECT has dazzled stage and screen audiences for more than 15 years, uniting ancient Japanese tradition with 21st century American innovation, in a unique contemporary blend of Taiko, music, storytelling and choreography. This tour is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

Tour Schedule
September 29: Performance & Lecture-Demonstration at the Henderson Fine Arts Center, San Juan College (Farmington, NM)
October 4 & 7: Lecture-Demonstration & Performance at Western New Mexico University Fine Arts Center (Silver City, NM)
October 5: Lecture-Demonstration at the Alamo-Navajo School Gym (Alamo, NM) & the Magdalena School Gym (Magdalena, NM)
October 5: Workshop at Macey Center (Socorro, NM)
October 6: Performance at Macey Center (Socorro, NM)

[Photo: Courtesy of the artists]

PERFORMANCE: Shakuhachi and Ichigenkin: Discovery in a Single Tone / Montclair, NJ; Annandale-On-Hudson, NY; Hartford, CT; Katonah, NY; New York, NY; Colorado Springs, CO; Pittsburgh, PA; Lexington, KY; Memphis, TN; Nashvillem TN; Murfreesboro, TN


This tour by Elizabeth Brown (shakuhachi), Ralph Samuelson (shakuhachi) and Issui Minegishi (ichigenkin), brings together two traditional Japanese instruments that share an underlying aesthetic concept: the discovery of the world that lies within one note, one sound. The program combines traditional works steeped in the aesthetic of Zen Buddhism with new compositions such as Brown's autumn comes round again, which sets tanka poetry written by survivors of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. The tour is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

Please visit this website for the detailed tour schedule. 

[Photo: Courtesy of the artists]

PERFORMANCE: Bringing Japanese Culture to the Heart of the Bluegrass: A Kyogen Workshop, Lecture, and Performance / Lexington, KY


In collaboration with Noh Society in New York, the University of Kentucky will host a program consisting in three activities of Kyogen: a workshop, a lecture, and a performance. All activities will be directed by three Kyogen performers from Japan. The workshop and lecture will be held on the University of Kentucky campus during the day, while the Kyogen performance will be presented at Lexington Public Library Theater in the evening. This event is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

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