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Northwest Folklife aims to strengthen our communities through arts and culture. This calendar brings together our greater community’s events and gatherings. Here, you will find events ranging from cultural celebrations to music and dance performances and traditional gatherings.
Together, we can continue to celebrate the rich arts, cultures, and traditions that thrive in the greater Pacific Northwest.
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The Song of the Earth – Yuichi Kimura & Dai chi no Kai Taiko Tour 2019
April 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm$10.00 – $20.00
Kobe artist Yuichi Kimura began his taiko drumming career in the wake of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, when he performed with his high school taiko group at evacuation centers to raise the spirits of those who were suffering. His subsequent professional debut was driven by this experience with the healing power of taiko, a power which he still seeks to spread. In his early career, Kimura took part in two tours of Europe with Ichiro Jishoyas group, Wadaiko Ichiro, as well as performing in the group Fu-un no Kai under the guidance of one of the leading world experts on taiko, Eitetsu Hayashi.
Since the beginning of his solo career in 2011, Kimura has enjoyed huge successes as both a performer and a teacher, performing alongside his most dedicated pupils onstage under the group name Dai chi no Kai. The name of the ensemble finds its origins in Dai chi (Earth), the piece Kimura composed in 2005 in requiem for the Great Hanshin Earthquake. The group is widely renowned for its high-level technique, its all-percussion performance designed to be played as though it were being sung.
Come join us for a rare and unforgettable experience as these Kobe musicians bring their irresistible beat to a Seattle stage.
Kimura will play with local taiko group, Dekoboko Taiko on the stage. They will perform his original requiem piece, Dai chi (Earth) together.