World Renowned Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka
and Grammy Winner Koji Nakamura to Perform
Taiko Summit Colorado is proud to present internationally renowned taiko Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka in concert with San Francisco Taiko Dojo, Grammy Award Winner Koji Nakamura, and taiko groups from across the United States at Taiko Summit Colorado 2014 on Saturday, August 16th at 5:00 PM at Macky Auditorium, University of Colorado at Boulder.
Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka founded the San Francisco Taiko Dojo, the first performing taiko group in the United States, in 1968. He is recognized as the only taiko artist to receive the esteemed NEA National Heritage Fellowship from the U.S. government for his contribution to traditional arts. Sensei Tanaka has taught and performed all over the globe, nurturing and mentoring taiko performers across the US and abroad. His students have gone on to establish over two hundred and fifty taiko groups throughout America and Canada.
“Most people just listen,” says Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka. “I want people to not only hear the sound, but also to watch the sound, see the sound, and feel the sound. The essence of taiko lies in the spirit of complete respect and unity.”
Grammy Award winner Koji Nakamura is considered one of today’s foremost taiko artists. His career began in 1982 as a member of Japan’s legendary Ondeko-za. In 1985 he became the first leader of the Shumei Taiko Ensemble. Starting with just three drums, three drummers, and two compositions, under his leadership the group evolved to one of taiko’s preeminent groups. He received a Grammy Award in 2007 for his work on Paul Winter’s CD, “Crestone.” Koji believes that if taiko holds a purpose beyond pure enjoyment, it is to create harmony among all people.
Also performing are five major Colorado taiko groups: Denver Taiko, Taiko with Toni, Crestone Kaminari Taiko, and Boulder Taiko HIBIKI. The groups are diverse in their styles and philosophies but all strive for the common goal of sharing and celebrating the spirit of taiko within the Colorado community.
An artists’ reception for media will be held at a date that is still to be determined.