RENEWABLE ENERGY FUELS HINODE TAIKO â€œNEW TRADITIONSâ€ CONCERT
Winnipeg, MB â€“ Hinode Taiko, Canadaâ€™s best known taiko ensemble, could teach federal politicians a thing or two about renewable energy with their full-length â€œNew Traditionsâ€ concert at Centre culturel franco-manitobain, 340 Provencher, on Saturday, April 26, 8:00 pm, and Sunday, April 27, 2008, 2:00 pm.
After 25 years, a group known for its â€œpure raw energy and power tempered by precision and focusâ€ (Winnipeg Free Press) can still rock an audience and strut new repertoire â€“ and look like theyâ€™re having the time of their lives doing it.
What fuels long-term taiko players like the legendary Sheila Ozamoto â€“ who has played with Hinode since the groupâ€™s founding â€“ or Pamela Okano (the groupâ€™s artistic director, with a mere 24 years of performing experience) for such high-intensity drumming?
Itâ€™s simple, Ozamoto says. â€œYou get energy from [playing] the drums themselves.â€ Beyond the alchemy of group taiko, however, Hinode members also share a commitment to developing new repertoire and mastering new techniques.
â€œWeâ€™re not afraid to take our songs apart, break our playing down to the basics, and build up again from scratch,â€ explains Okano. â€œIt takes time, but itâ€™s worth it in the long run â€“ because weâ€™re constantly re-inventing ourselves, our sound, into something totally fresh.â€
According to Okano, this yearâ€™s concert is by far the most diverse program the group has ever offered. There are the big drums (taiko), as always, but also plenty of other percussion, dance, vocals, flute, koto [Japanese harp] â€“ a full gamut of sight and sound. â€œEven our closest fans are going to see things that will surprise them,â€ Okano promises.
â€œItâ€™s sustainable, but it isnâ€™t carbon-neutral â€“ we never do anything neutral.â€
Hinode Taikoâ€™s â€œNew Traditionsâ€ concert tickets cost $20 in advance ($25 at the door) and are available at: McNally Robinson Booksellers Grant Park (475-0483), Edohei Restaurant (943-0427), and the Manitoba Japanese Cultural Centre, 180 McPhillips (774-5909).
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