Experience the pure sound and color of rural Japan at its finest when Zenshin Daiko presents its 15th Annual Taiko Festival on Saturday, June 7. The event features 50 talented performers, including special guests Hanayui and Yoshikazu Fujimoto from Japan. The concert starts at 7 p.m. in the Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (The MACC), as Zenshin Daiko kicks off the event with the premiere of two new music works, and performs treasured favorites.
Hanayui--a sisterly trio of Kodo music--will grace the stage with song and dance in the rich tradition of popular entertainers who traveled Japan's countryside. Kodo is a professional taiko drumming troupe based in Sado Island, Japan.
Hanayui captivates their audiences with fresh interpretation of folk dances, vibrant percussive sounds and hauntingly beautiful songs. The Japanese word "hana," (flower) symbolizes the youthful energy that Hanayui puts into their performances. The word "yui" (to tie, recalls the relationships formed in ancient villages in Japan when families came together to share in both hardships and harvests.
Yoshikazu Fujimoto, Kodo’s premier and esteemed odaiko player, will accompany Hanayui.
Hanayui is comprised of Kodo members Chieko Kojima and Yoko Fujimoto, joined by Okinawan dance expert Mitsue Kinjo. These three women, finding themselves together on Sado Island (a place well known in Japan for taiko), decided to pool their talents and form a performing arts group. Now, in addition to performing around the world, they also conduct workshops guaranteed to enliven both body and soul.
The trio will be accompanied by Yoshi-kazu Fujimoto, Kodo's premier and esteemed odaiko player for over 30 years--a rare treat for Maui! Fujimoto joined Sado no Kuni Ondekoza in 1972, and was a founding member of Kodo in 1981. He has been the group's featured O-daiko player and focus of the Yatai-bayashi climax. Yoshikazu is presently Kodo's most senior performing member. He became a Kodo Distinguished Member in 2012. In recent years, he has played a large role in educating the Kodo apprentice. No one in Kodo lives up to the translation of its name, "Children of the Drum," like Yoshikazu.
All participating in this annual taiko festival will help transport you to a simpler time and place, calling to mind the innocent joy and wonderment of the musical traditions of the Japanese countryside.
Tickets are $20 for adults; $10 for children 12 and under. Call (808) 242-SHOW (7469) or visit The MACC's Box Office Monday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. or book online at MauiArts.org.