Mu Daiko, Minnesota’s premier taiko drumming ensemble, performs in The Goodale Theater of The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, Thursday, November 8 – Sunday, November 11, 2012 (Preview, Nov. 8 at 7:30 pm). The concert is directed by Mu Daiko Artistic Director Iris Shiraishi, who has led the ensemble since 2011. The concert also marks the last taiko concert with Rick Shiomi as Artistic Director of Mu Performing Arts, and Shiraishi has created a medley of works composed by Shiomi in his honor. Tickets are $14-$34 including fees and can be purchased online atwww.thecowlescenter.org or by calling 612.206.3600. The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts is located at 528 Hennepin Avenue Minneapolis, MN.
Rick Shiomi steps down as Mu’s Artistic Director in August of 2013. Audiences are invited to a pre-show reception on opening night (Friday, November 9 at 6pm) to honor Shiomi’s contribution to taiko in Minnesota. The reception will take place in The Cowles Center lobby and will feature The McKnight Foundation’s Vickie Benson who will speak about Mu’s impact on the local arts community.
Founded in early 1997 by Shiomi, Mu Daiko’s first performance was at the Lyn-Lake Festival. Since then, Mu Daiko has attracted a loyal and expanding audience with its annual concerts and has been instrumental in bringing nationally-renowned taiko artists to the Twin Cities, including Kenny Endo, the San Francisco Taiko Dojo, On Ensemble, Fubuki Daiko, and Kaoru Watanabe. Mu Daiko members have performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, around the state, and across the country. Highlights include the National Taiko Conference (L.A., 2005), the Southern Arizona Taiko Showcase (Tucson, 2006), the Powell Street Festival (Vancouver, 2006), and Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, 2007). Earlier this year, Mu Daiko celebrated its 15th Anniversary with a record-setting concert and Minnesota tour featuring guest artists, Hanayui, from Japan.
Join Mu Daiko immediately following the evening’s performance on November 10th for an informal talkback session. Meet the company, learn more about the artistic process and ask questions about Mu Daiko and taiko drumming.
PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES:
November 8 at 7:30 pm (Preview, $18 Adults, $10 Students)
November 9 at 7:30 pm ($30 Adults, $10 students)
Pre-show reception in honor of Rick Shiomi: November 9 at 6:00 pm in The Cowles Center lobby.
November 10 at 2:00 pm
November 10 at 7:30 pm
November 11 at 2:00 pm
About Mu Daiko
Mu Daiko was founded in early 1997 by Mu Performing Arts Artistic Director Rick Shiomi. Shiomi began his taiko career with Katari Taiko in Vancouver in the late 1970s, and has also studied and performed with the San Francisco Taiko Dojo under Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka, New York’s Soh Daiko, and Wasabi Daiko of Toronto. His initial classes attracted students from both Mu actors and the general public, culminating in Mu Daiko’s first performance in August 1997 at the Lyn-Lake Festival. The professional taiko ensemble performs a variety of traditional and contemporary works, ranging from traditional taiko repertoire to original pieces composed by its members. The group regularly premieres new work at its annual performances, continuing to stretch the boundaries of the art form and contributing to the innovation of American taiko. Members participate in over 100 educational and concert performances annually for schools, community organizations, and corporations throughout Minnesota and the Midwest. Through studio classes and school residencies over the past decade, the Mu Performing Arts taiko program has taught thousands of students of all ages and abilities.
About The Cowles Center
The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts (501(c) 3) is the Twin Cities’ newest arts center and the flagship for dance in Minnesota. Centrally located in downtown Minneapolis, The Cowles Center includes the newly refurbished 500-seat Goodale Theater; the Hennepin Center for the Arts, home to 20 leading dance and performing arts organizations; the state-of-the-art Target Education Studio, housing The Cowles Center’s distance learning program; and the new U.S. Bank Atrium. The Cowles Center fills the need for a place that is a catalyst for the creation, presentation, education, enjoyment and celebration of dance and the performing arts in the Twin Cities. The 2012/13 Season is presented by U.S. Bank with additional support from Ascent Private Capital Management and The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank www.thecowlescenter.org.
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