April 6, 2011, 4pm at Jack Poole Plaza
Uzume Taiko is known around the world for its West Coast Canadian taiko drumming. Using a diverse collection of percussive and melodic instruments as well as taiko drums, Uzume Taiko has developed its dynamic fusion of old and new styles of drumming, bringing a vibrant, contemporary sensibility to an ancient art.
The name Uzume Taiko is derived from taiko, the Japanese word for “big drum” and from the goddess of laughter, Ame No Uzume No Mikoto – the Heavenly Alarming Female who, according to legend, first began taiko drumming.
Internationally renowned, Uzume Taiko has performed throughout the United States, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Channel Islands and Japan. The group has also toured extensively across Canada, and around the Lower Mainland at venues including the Vancouver Playhouse, the Vogue Theatre and the Vancouver East Cultural Centre, as well as at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival and the International Jazz Festival.
Learn more about Uzume Taiko at www.uzume.com