On Ensemble
Sunday, September 7, 2014, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)

contemporary taiko quartet

$21 / $23

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September 07 8:00 pm

On Ensemble (pronounced "Ohn") is a Los Angeles based taiko quartet that takes the ancient instruments and powerful rhythms of traditional Japanese ensemble drumming and adds their own relentless innovations – soaring melodies, unusual time signatures, and unexpected instruments like cajon, frame drum, trap set, koto, melodica, and Japanese flute. TransformOnline calls their music “completely original and brilliantly conceived.” “Their work combines 21st century experimental sound with centuries-old Noh and Kabuki music,” says AllAboutJazz, calling the combination “a great mix,” “technically precise,” and “delightful to hear.”
The ensemble features Masato Baba, Kristofer Bergstrom, Eien Hunter-Ishikawa, and Shoji Kameda. They have released three albums, Dust and Sand, Ume in the Middle, and Bizarre Heroes, and performed on the soundtrack of the award-winning short feature “Yamasong.”  Last year they became the first American taiko group to be invited to perform at the National Theater of Japan for the prestigious Nihon no Taiko concert series. The ensemble receives support from one of Japan’s most important upholders of traditional culture, Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten, instrument maker to the emperor of Japan. Grounded in tradition, the ensemble embraces innovation, moving from ancient to modern, from modern to ancient, making music that transports listeners to new frontiers.



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