Evergreen Series Present Icho Daiko - Japanese Taiko Drumming

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The Evergreen Arts & Humanities Series of Washington State Community College will present the fifth program of its 13th season, with the Cleveland-based group, Icho Daiko, in a performance of taiko drumming.

Formed in 2003, Icho Daiko performs this ancient drumming style of Japanese origin. Taiko originated in religious temples and shrines across Japan, where large, double-headed drums were used to play during festivals and ceremonies. While taiko drums have existed in Japan for over 1400 years, the rhythm and ceremony of this unique style has become a worldwide performance art during the past few decades.

"Taiko" literally means "fat drum", although taiko drums vary in size and shape. Icho Daiko members build their own drums, including shime, chudaiko and okedo drums.

The drumming group's mission is to strengthen Asian American communities by instilling pride and cultural awareness, and to build bridges between Asian Americans and other groups through the dynamic cultural expression of taiko.

"The Icho Daiko performance is a natural fit for the Evergreen Arts & Humanities Series as we strive to bring culturally diverse programs to our stage," stated Tanya Wilder, EA&H Series director. "Taiko drumming is fascinating to experience. The huge drums and the bold rhythms they produce captivate the audience, but of equal attraction is the athleticism and focus of the drummers themselves. I anticipate this performance to be pretty amazing! Reserving seat passes in advance for this show is a very good idea."

The performance is free and open to the public and begins at 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 11th in the Graham Auditorium on the Washington State campus. To reserve seat passes in advance, call Tanya Wilder at 740.374.8716 ext. 2107, or email her at twilder@wscc.edu.

The Evergreen Arts & Humanities Series is funded in part by ARTSBRIDGE United Arts Fund. In addition, this project is supported in part by the Ohio River Border Initiative, a joint project of the Ohio Arts Council and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

The Series at Washington State serves as a primary source for the community to experience locally, nationally and internationally renowned performers and view the works of local artists. Learn more about the slate of programs for the Series' 13th season by visiting www.wscc.edu/evergreenah, becoming a friend of the Series on Facebook or by contacting Tanya Wilder at Washington State at 740.374.8716, ext. 2107.

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