Get ready to hear and feel the pulsing, thundering beats of the Japanese taiko drum when Uzume Taiko perform in Revelstoke this Saturday. Known world wide for their bold music, humour and theatrical stage presence, Uzume Taiko have created a distinctive brand of west coast Canadian taiko drumming that offers their audience a unique experience.
Uzume Taiko’s performances combine choreographed martial arts along with the heart-stopping pulse of the O-Daiko drum and the rhythm of a jazz ensemble to create an unforgettable experience. Formed in 1989, Uzume Taiko has seen its line-up change and expand to compliment the development and evolution of the group.
Musical director Jason Ovary describes the groups approach as being quite contemporary.
“We base our work on modern sound and modern movement,” said Ovary.
Uzume Taiko has won fans throughout the world with its powerful combination of movement, music and theatre. The group uses a diverse collection of percussive and melodic instruments as well as taiko drums, fusing new and old styles of drumming, bringing a vibrant, contemporary sensibility to an ancient art. Uzume Taiko isn’t afraid to take artistic risks, fusing music with like-minded collaborators, making for a unique experience.
Ovary said the groups goal is to take a bit of a Canadiana approach through various collaborations.
“It’s always a nice palette of instruments, whether it’s a bagpipe or a guitar,” he said.
Uzume Taiko’s various collaborators include Flamenca Rosario,who recently performed at the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre. Other collaborations have included: the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, SFU Pipe Band, Micheal O’Neill, Curtis Andrews, and Chengxin Wei
Uzume Taiko perform at the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, April 21 at 3 p.m. The show is part of the RE/MAX Revelstoke Family Series and the Revelstoke Arts Council’s World Series, highlighting multicultural performers.
Tickets can be purchased online at revelstokeartscouncil.com. Tickets are also available at the Revelstoke Visitor Centre at 301 Victoria Road.