$25 General Admission
$15 Students with I.D.
Taiko Drum Concert
World-renowned taiko drummer, Eitetsu Hayashi, comes to the Buffalo State PAC. He is an acclaimed Japanese musician, and has many works that are well known throughout Japan. Internationally, he has performed as a soloist, with orchestras such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the American Symphony, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the Australian group Taikoz for the reopening of the Sydney Opera House, and with other musical groups.
“To the Japanese, taiko is the sound of the spirit of Nature,” said Dr. Takako Michii, executive director of the Japan Culture Center of WNY. “It's different from any other drumming around the world, and most likely is different from anything you have ever heard. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience a truly unique musical performance. Hayashi-san is a taiko legend. He was one of the first to bring this music style to the West, starting with a 1984 concert at the Carnegie Hall. He has traveled throughout the world playing with many musicians in many different musical styles.”
Performing on stage with Hayashi will be Joseph Small, a Clarence native studying ethnomusicology and dance at UCLA. Small is Hayashi’s apprentice and part of his touring ensemble, the Fuu Un No Kai Ensemble. Other local musicians to be featured in Hayashi’s performance are Matthew Bassett, principal percussionist of the Buffalo Philharmonic and a member of the music faculty at Buffalo State, and Joshua Smith, owner of SATO Japanese restaurant in Buffalo and a member of the Buffalo State communication department.
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