The concert will open with Taiko drumming pieces, composed and performed by student composers as part of their collaboration with Sonoma County Taiko.
This dynamic group of performers promotes cultural awareness of Taiko as a cultural art form and is working to build a community of acceptance, harmony, and respect through their love of Taiko (big drums) to the stage at the Green Music Center's Schroeder Hall.
In 1994 Kodo performed at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. In the audience were three that would create Sonoma County Taiko. The following spring they contacted Tiffany Tamaribuchi of Sacramento Taiko Dan to arrange for a workshop at Enmanji Buddhist Temple. Sacramento Taiko Dan brought taiko and taught a wonderful workshop to 30 participants. The attendees of the workshop were contacted a couple of months after and asked if they would like to continue to learn and play taiko. There were a dozen that did. With the support of the Japanese American Citizen’s League, Sonoma County Chapter and Enmanji Buddhist Temple the group was started. Over the next months, the group practiced on used tires tied to folding chairs, patterns taught by Taiko Dan and gleaned from videotapes.