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BHS Band & Choir Sees Drum TAO

posted Mar 20, 2014, 7:12 AM by School Publications   [ updated Mar 20, 2014, 7:16 AM ]
    Last Friday, Kendra Houghtaling along with her band and chorus students from BHS went to the University of Illinois at Springfield to see the performance group TAO.  Since the beginning of TAO, director and founder Ikuo Fujitaka has sought to create a world-class entertainment group that incorporates both the complexity and diversity of the traditional Taiko drum.  Enchanted by this instrument, TAO has worked to free Taiko from its confines of being the "successor of Japan's traditional culture" and has in turn created a totally new genre of entertainment.

    TAO requires not only physical strength and ability from its performers but also a sense of rhythm and expressiveness.  It is that sense that enables the audience to view a mind-boggling spectacle of dance and music, while at the same time obtaining respect for the traditional instrument.  TAO has been seen in 17 countries and 400 cities with 500 performances each year.  To date, TAO has been seen by over 5 million spectators worldwide.  TAO receives enormous support in Japan and has become renowned as "a Japanese Taiko Group with a difference".  Adored in Japan and across the world, they present a timeless Taiko performance, bringing a brand new genre to the stage.

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by Addison Cage