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Heartbeat of Japan: New Traditions of the Japanese Drum

March 17, 2019
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Library Building, LIB072, 350 Victoria Street
Melanie Santarossa,

In ancient times, the taiko was sounded to determine ancient village boundaries and to send messages – such as signalling the time. During wars in medieval Japan, the taiko were beaten to boost the morale of the troops while instilling fear in the enemy.

Nagata Shachu, a music group based in Toronto, has enthralled audiences with its mesmerizing and heart-pounding performances of the taiko since the group’s formation in 1998. Nagata Shachu has toured widely throughout Canada, the United States, Italy, and the Middle East, performing in major theatres, concert halls, and festivals.