Literally meaning “drum,” taiko is known for its thunderous sound and stunning, stylized choreography. With a 2,000 year-old history, taiko has its roots in Japanese court, theater, religious/ceremonial and festival music. In the mid-20th century the modern kumi-daiko style emerged, where multiple drums were played by a single person within a larger taiko ensemble. Since then, kumi-daiko has enjoyed tremendous popularity and in the US it has become a celebrated symbol of heritage and culture for the Japanese American community.
As the largest community taiko group in Chicago and the Midwest, Tsukasa Taiko (a program of Asian Improv aRts Midwest) is dedicated to understanding and strengthening Japanese, Japanese American, and Asian American identities. Its mission is to preserve, develop, and pass on the traditional concepts of Japanese art as a cultural legacy, while also expanding and evolving the art of taiko.
Following the performance, join us across the street at the Hairpin Arts Center for the official reception of the Chicago-Obihiro Exchange Project.