San José, CA --- San Jose Taiko (SJT) is presenting its 40th Anniversary Concert on October 5 at 8 PM at the San Jose Center for Performing Arts. This is a one-night-only performance, which will culminate SJT’s 40th season with favorite pieces that audiences have grown to love over the group’s four decades in San Jose. This year’s annual concert will feature guest artists Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose.
“We are grateful to those who came before us,” said Franco Imperial, Artistic Director of San Jose Taiko. “This concert is our chance to celebrate their accomplishments and what this community has helped us create over our 40-year history. Our collaboration with Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose is an example of this. The relationship with this incredible Bharatanatyam group started in 1992 and has been rekindled in the past few years through our collaboration in the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. Working with Abhinaya inspires us in so many ways. We love sharing the stage with each other and are grateful for their involvement in our 40th anniversary celebration ”
SJT has endeavored to create a contemporary musical style unlike any other taiko group in the world since its formation in 1973. This artistic philosophy has allowed the company to push the boundaries of the art form while staying true to its roots. This year’s concert will also feature the debut of SJT's new O-hiradaiko, a drum more than five feet in diameter and the largest taiko of its style in North America.
“We have such a talented group of performing members who are exemplary ambassadors for the art form and our Japantown community,” adds Wisa Uemura, Executive Director of San Jose Taiko. “We know where we come from, and we are San Jose proud. For 40 years, we have carried the name of this great city to all parts of the world, representing the creativity and innovation that is synonymous with Silicon Valley. Through this concert, we hope to offer our audiences a multicultural performance that will be remembered for the next 40 years.”
Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students and seniors if purchased in advance ($30/$25 at the door). All seats are reserved, and group rates are available. Ticket information is available by visiting www.taiko.org or by calling 408-293-9344 or writing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Center for Performing Arts is located at 255 Almaden Blvd, in downtown San Jose, CA.
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About San Jose Taiko:
San Jose Taiko, with a deep respect of cultural traditions and a commitment to artistic excellence, is dedicated to the advancement of the taiko art form through the development of its world-class Performing Ensemble and the San Jose Taiko Conservatory. Located in the heart of Japantown San Jose, the company performs more than 160 times annually, throughout the Bay Area, the United States, and abroad.
From its beginnings in 1973, SJT endeavored to create a contemporary musical style while respecting taiko’s Japanese roots. Representative of the backgrounds and influences of its membership, SJT’s style joins the traditional rhythms of Japan with other world rhythms, including African, Brazilian, Filipino, Latin, and jazz. All of SJT’s performances are fully choreographed, theatrically lit extravaganzas, bridging many styles while still resonating with the Asian soul in America.
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