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UCR Presents "TAIKOPROJECT: (re)generation"

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On Friday, January 15, 2010, UC Riverside will present Taikoproject: (re)generation at the University Theatre beginning at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $36 general, $18 for students and $5 for parking in Lot 6.

For more information contact (951) 827-4331 or visit ucriversidepresents.ucr.edu. TAIKOPROJECT is composed of North America’s premier taiko drummers who have created a state-of-the-art theatrical production called (re)generation – an energetic drumming extravaganza designed to take taiko into the 21st century. The program experiments with various media and settings in a youthful blend of tradition and emerging artistry to increase taiko’s relevance with today’s generation of taiko performers.

TAIKOPROJECT was conceived by Bryan Yamami to preserve the traditions and rich history of American taiko while incorporating contemporary performance elements such as video, storytelling, hip-hop inspired beats, scatting, and beat boxing.

Although TAIKOPROJECT celebrates a modern style of taiko – which includes jazz and rock sounds – the ensemble also respects tradition by their customary use of synchronization, dynamic movements, and elaborate footwork in performance.

Tuhe best part is the players – all fifteen drumming professionals –who perform with consummate skill, telling a story of taiko that is deeply personal and recognizably universal.

The TAIKOPROJECT was founded in 2000 in Los Angeles, California. The group was conceived by Bryan Yamami with the idea of bringing together the best young taiko players in North America to create an innovative theatrical production celebrating American taiko. That show, TAIKOPROJECT: (re)generation, seamlessly blends taiko with storytelling, music, hip hop choreography, multimedia, and dance.

Since its initial formation, TAIKOPROJECT has made history for American taiko not only with their show, but their work in the commercial and international arenas. In the spring of 2005, the TAIKOPROJECT performed in Mitsubishi Motors of North America’s innovative National Commercial for the Eclipse sports car, featuring women from the group in a breathtaking 60- second commercial spot that was one of the highest-rated commercials of 2005 when it aired.

In fall, 2005, the TAIKOPROJECT traveled to Japan for the first time to represent American taiko at the 4th Annual Tokyo International Taiko Contest. As one of 12 finalists out of over 60 groups, the TAIKOPROJECT was the first American taiko group to participate in the internationally-recognized event. The TAIKOPROJECT made history and took home the top prize, First Place, in the Adult Group category, becoming then, the first American taiko group to win the entire contest as well.


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