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Nagata Shachu extended promo video, 2011
About Nagata Shachu:
Toronto’s Nagata Shachu (formerly Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble) has enthralled audiences with its mesmerizing and heart-pounding performances of the Japanese drum (taiko) since its formation in 1998. The ensemble has toured widely throughout Canada, the USA and Italy, performing in theatres, concert halls and major music festivals. While rooted in the folk drumming traditions of Japan, the group'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 shachu (an old term for a performing troupe), Nagata Shachu has become renowned for its exacting, straightforward yet physically demanding performances as well as for its diverse repertoire. Combining thunderous, primal drumbeats with subtle, intricate rhythms, the ensemble is able to produce a wide spectrum of sound. Featuring a vast array of Japanese taiko (including the massive O-Daiko), gongs, bells, wooden clappers, shakers and bamboo flutes, Nagata Shachu will take you on a musical journey beyond all borders.
Toronto's thrilling taiko ensemble Nagata Shachu has become an annual highlight of Summer Music in the Garden. This year, they return in a profoundly changed context for Japanese culture. They offer the voices of their great drums, carved from trees planted hundreds of years ago in Japan by the ancestors of today's drum makers, as powerful symbols of the regenerative force of nature, and of the soaring potential of the human spirit in the face of tragedy.
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