Ho Etsu Taiko, On Ensemble

Ho Etsu Taiko

On Ensemble

Sun, November 5, 2017

6:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL

$15.00

Ho Etsu Taiko
Ho Etsu Taiko
Consisting of 13 performing members, Ho Etsu Taiko is one of the Midwest’s premiere taiko ensembles. Ho Etsu draws from traditional Japanese musical styles and a broad variety of contemporary music to create a uniquely Chicago sound with global roots.

Founded in 1997 at the Midwest Buddhist Temple in Chicago by Lynne and Jerry Matsumoto, the group is now under the direction of their son, Jason Matsumoto. The ensemble’s lineage stretches back to the very first taiko group in Chicago: Midwest Buddhist Temple Taiko founded in 1977. Ho Etsu has grown from a youth group into an adult performing ensemble in its own right, learning traditional drumming styles with an emphasis on self-expression and creativity. Always looking to explore new sounds, the group has collaborated with musicians from around the world, including the Chicago Harp Quartet, the Mozawa arts collaborative, Irish folk musicians, internationally-acclaimed Japanese folk artists Akira and Raiya Katogi, and award-winning On Ensemble.
On Ensemble
On Ensemble
On Ensemble is at the forefront of a growing artistic movement in the taiko (Japanese ensemble drumming) world. Led by childhood friends Shoji Kameda and Masato (Maz) Baba, On Ensemble has made a name for itself by infusing the powerful rhythms of taiko with overtone singing, odd meter grooves and soaring melodies.

For all of their avant-garde musical explorations, On Ensemble is supported by one of Japan’s most important traditional-culture bearers, Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten, instrument maker to the emperor of Japan. This support empowers On Ensemble to utilize authentic, rare Japanese instruments in its fearless exploration of taiko.

From outdoor festivals and concert halls to gymnasiums and classrooms, On Ensemble shares its unique music and outreach programs with audiences throughout the United States and Canada. The group tours regularly from large metropolitan areas to small rural communities and plays in everything from large performing arts venues and music festivals to small club and art spaces. Past performances include the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, University of Hawai’i Hilo, California Worldfest, Grand Performances in downtown Los Angeles, Shibuya O-nest (Tokyo), National Theater of Japan (Tokyo), Edmonds Center for the Arts (WA), Juan De Fuca Festival (WA) the Oregon Bach Festival, a Ohio Arts Council IMPACT tour, a tour of Montana and Idaho with stops in Mountain Home, Salmon, Sandpoint, Dillon, Missoula, Helena and Whitefish. In 2013 On Ensemble was the first American taiko group to be invited to perform at the National Theater of Japan for the prestigious Nihon no Taiko concert series.

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Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642
http://www.hideoutchicago.com