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Nagata Shachu
Toronto-based Nagata Shachu has enthralled audiences with its mesmerizing and heart-pounding performances of the Japanese drum (taiko) since its formation in 1998. The group has toured widely throughout Canada, the US and Italy, in addition to the Middle East, performing in major theatres, concert halls, and festivals.

While rooted in the folk drumming traditions of Japan, the ensemble’s principal aim is to 
rejuvenate this ancient art form by producing innovative and exciting music that seeks to
create a new voice for the taiko. Taking its name from founder Kiyoshi Nagata and the
 Japanese word shachu meaning group, Nagata Shachu, has become renowned for its 
exacting, physically demanding and energetic performances on the taiko, as well as for its diverse repertoire. Their playing is the combination of unbounded spirit and passion with the highest levels of musicianship and discipline.

Nagata Shachu has the unique distinction of being the only group outside of Japan with
 the sponsorship of four major Japanese drum manufacturers, a testament to their
 mastery of the art form. In addition to having recorded five CDs of original music and 
four DVDs, Nagata Shachu, has produced its own annual concerts focusing on the
presentation of new works. For the last five years, Nagata Shachu has produced a 
three-concert season, featuring collaborations with both local and international artists. Featuring an arsenal of taiko, bamboo flutes, the three-stringed shamisen and an array of gongs, cymbals, shakers and wood blocks, Nagata Shachu will take you on a musical journey beyond all borders.

Nagata Shachu: Drumming Across Borders

July 27, 2017


In ancient Japan, boundaries were set by the sound of taiko drums: the point at which you could no longer hear a village’s drums marked its outer borders. Today, the joyous drumming of Nagata Shachu’s taiko erases boundaries and barriers, bringing together people from all nationalities.


Everyone: FREE
Thu, July 27
Toronto Music Garden
479 Queens Quay West
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