Town of Vail hosts Taiko Drumming Performance as part of Global Friendship Exchange program with Nagano Japan

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The Town of Vail will host a Taiko drumming performance at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8 at Vail Mountain School as part of its continued Global Friendship Exchange cultural programming with Nagano Japan. The community is invited to attend this free, 90-minute Drums of the God performance featuring ancient drumming dating back thousands of years into Japan’s prehistory.

The performance will include internationally-renowned master drummer Makoto Yamamoto who is the grandson of Daihachi Oguchi, the founder of the Osuwa Daiko, a percussion group that created a more contemporary ensemble-style Taiko performance. Mr. Yamamoto will be performing with members from the Taiko Summit Colorado (TSC) group, based in Boulder. In addition, the audience will learn about Taiko history and have a chance to participate with the performers.

Mayor Pro Tem Jenn Bruno says the upcoming performance is an amazing opportunity to experience a cultural exchange program as a result of the town’s friendship relationship with Nagano Prefecture Japan, the home of Makoto Yamamoto. “We’re honored to be hosting an extraordinary celebration of Japanese Taiko,” she said. “We express our appreciation to everyone involved, including Vail Mountain School for the use of their theater and the performers of the Taiko Summit Colorado.”

Julia Misawa is the executive producer/director of Taiko Summit Colorado and founder of the Boulder Taiko, a group that studies the Taiko-based practice and performs in events across Colorado. She has performed throughout the U.S., including San Francisco and Carnegie Hall in New York City. According to Misawa, Taiko Summit Colorado “brings the art and discipline of Taiko to all people, regardless of their race, religion, or political affiliation, to promote a stronger, kinder, more compassionate and interconnected community.”

The Town of Vail, Taiko Summit Colorado and the Vail Mountain School are pleased to offer this wonderful and inspiring performance to the Vail community. Donations for the Taiko Summit Colorado may be made upon entering the theater. For additional details about the Taiko performance and the global friendship exchange efforts, contact Vail Town Clerk Patty McKenny at 970-479-2136 or pmckenny.

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