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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 US 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.




“Wassho!” is a cheer or shout used during the summer festival in Japan. It is usually chanted as people carry and parade around the portable shrine. Nagata Shachutaiko ensemble brings this joyous energy to the Toronto Music Garden with their thrilling drumming, rooted in tradition and embracing the new.

Thanks to Ben Saskin.

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