They may look like a taiko ensemble, but this group of young, energetic performers is skilled in multi-ethnic percussion arts from around the world.
They exploded onto the arts’ scene in 1997 from the founders’ desire to bring new creativity to Chinese-Malaysian drumming traditions. Since then, the troupe has received much critical acclaim for its approach which combines respect for cultural tradition with innovative performances on instruments drawn from a diverse range of percussion cultures.
In their opening performance, Drumbeat Inferno, they remark that “Drummers live on energy, and there is no energy quite like fire. The flames rise quickly and the speed at which the inferno spreads is matched by the increasing intensity of the drummers’ music, passion and strength.”
The Hands Percussion Team from Malaysia ignites the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater stage on Thursday, Sept. 23.
Their performance at the MACC is sponsored by the East-West Center. Tickets are available at the MACC Box Office for $12, $25 and $32 (plus applicable fees).
Jazz fusion, blues, rock and pop guitarist Larry Carlton is a multiple Grammy Award-winner whose catalog of work includes film soundtracks, television themes and playing on more than 100 gold and platinum albums. Before his solo career, Carlton was one of the most in-demand studio musicians of the past three decades. He has worked on albums with Joni Mitchell, Quincy Jones, Linda Ronstadt and Steely Dan. He has been part of legendary jazz-rock band The Crusaders, multi-platinum group Fourplay and jazz super group Stanley Clarke and Friends.
Carlton’s music credits for TV and films include Against All Odds, Who’s the Boss and the Hill Street Blues theme, which won him a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.
His artistry knows no bounds. As Sting so aptly described him, “It must have taken more than one lifetime of music to produce Larry Carlton.”
On Friday night, Sept. 24, The Larry Carlton Trio will electrify the Castle Theater stage. Travis, Carlton’s son will perform on bass and Gene Coye on drums.