Like drums? Then you will love Ho Etsu Taiko Japanese Drum Ensemble explosive new show titled ROTATIONS, a collaborative performance celebrating Japanese taiko-based music in America. Ho Etsu Taiko invites Los Angeles’ innovative On Ensemble to join the stage and share original material that expresses the development of taiko (Japanese ensemble drumming) as a performance art. The two ensembles, each with different approaches and influences, will play new compositions as well as each ensemble’s own music.
Ho Etsu Taiko draws from traditional Japanese musical styles and a broad variety of contemporary music to create a uniquely Chicago sound with global roots. Ho Etsu means ‘a way to spread joy’, and this idea centers their philosophy. They bring a bright, energizing sound to the stage to infuse taiko’s cultural legacy with new vitality, bridging the tradition through fresh experiences and influences.
On Ensemble has made a name for itself by infusing the powerful rhythms of taiko with overtone singing, odd meter grooves and soaring melodies. On Ensemble is supported by one of Japan’s most important traditional-culture bearers, Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten, instrument maker to the emperor of Japan. This support empowers On Ensemble to utilize authentic, rare Japanese instruments in its fearless exploration of taiko.
Here is a sneak peek of ROTATIONS:
Athenaeum Theatre Main Stage
2936 N. Southport Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
Saturday, October 3 at 7 pm
Sunday, October 4 at 2 pm
$22-$27 Reserved Seating
Box Office: 773-935-6875
Online at www.athenaeumtheatre.org/rotations