BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT UID:events.uid.5500@www.discovernikkei.org DTSTART:20180217T000000Z DTEND:20180217T000000Z DESCRIPTION:Pre-eminent Canadian taiko group Nagata Shachu and Chieko Kojim a &ndash\; founding member and principal dancer of Japan&rsquo\;s Kodo dru mmers &ndash\; come together for a rare collaboration in an evening of dan ce\, drums and song.\n\nThe JCCC and Nagata Shachu are proud to present Ja panese dance and taiko artist Chieko Kojima. A founding member of the worl d renowned Kodo drummers of Sado Island\, Japan\, Kojima also has an activ e solo career that is best characterized by her ongoing project\, &ldquo\; Yukiai\,&rdquo\; where she seeks out new encounters and collaborations wit h artists and taiko groups within Japan and throughout the world.\n\nARTIS T QUOTE: Artistic director Kiyoshi Nagata states\, &ldquo\;Nagata Shachu i s extremely excited and honoured to be working with dance and taiko artist Chieko Kojima\, a founding member of the world renowned Kodo drummers.\n\ nThis is Nagata Shachu&rsquo\;s first time collaborating exclusively with a dancer in one of our concerts\, and we look forward to creating somethin g special and unique. I had the privilege of studying with Kojima 25 years ago as an apprentice with Kodo\, and this will be the first time I have s een her since then.&rdquo\;\n\nTICKETS: Advance tickets are $20.00 (senior s)\, $25.00 (JCCC members) to $30.00 (general)\;\n\nOnline\,&nbsp\;<a href ="https://www.ticketweb.ca/event/yukiai-japanese-canadian-cultural-centre- tickets/7877335?pl=jcccevents" target="_blank">https://www.ticketweb.ca/ev ent/yukiai-japanese-canadian-cultural-centre-tickets/7877335?pl=jcccevents </a>.\n\nPhone\, 416-441-2345.\n\nVIDEO: Chieko Kojima\;&nbsp\;<a href="ht tps://youtu.be/ChyjjjAG80k" target="_blank">https://youtu.be/ChyjjjAG80k</ a>.\n\nINFO:&nbsp\;<a href="http://nagatashachu.com/" target="_blank">http ://nagatashachu.com</a>\, and&nbsp\;<a href="http://www.jccc.on.ca/en" tar get="_blank">http://www.jccc.on.ca/en</a>.\n\nChieko Kojima is known for h er original dancing style during Kodo&rsquo\;s taiko-based performances\, which is best exemplified by her vivid portrayal of the goddess Ameno-uzum e in the first season of &ldquo\;Amaterasu&rdquo\; in 2006. In 2012\, she became a Kodo Distinguished Member and started as director of the annual c oncert series &lsquo\;Kodo Special Performances on Sado Island&rsquo\; for four years. Recent productions\, based on the &ldquo\;Tales of Dojoji\,&r dquo\; became the inspiration for her first photo book\, &lsquo\;Kasane no Kiyohime Monogatari: The Myriad Layers of Kiyohime&rsquo\; (released in 2 015).\n\nNagata Shachu members are\; Kiyoshi Nagata (artistic director\, t aiko\, shinobue/flute)\, Aki Takahashi (shamisen\, vocals)\, Tony Nguyen ( taiko)\, Kayo Homma-Komori (taiko)\, Jason Huang (taiko) and Naoya Kobayas hi (taiko).\n\nNagata Shachu has toured extensively and played rare collab orations with artists including Japan&rsquo\;s Shogo Yoshii\, pianist Ron Davis&rsquo\; jazz/string ensemble Symphronica\, acclaimed percussion quar tet TorQ and Juno nominated Toronto Tabla Ensemble. Nagata Shachu has rele ased seven original CDs and four DVDs (latest is Toronto Taiko Tales\, Apr il 2017).\n\nKiyoshi Nagata is Canada&rsquo\;s pre-eminent taiko soloist\, whose career spans over three decades. His principal studies were with &l squo\;Kodo&rsquo\; in Japan and Daihachi Oguchi (artistic director of Toro nto&rsquo\;s Suwa Daiko). In 1998\, he founded Nagata Shachu\, and current ly teaches at the University of Toronto&rsquo\;s Faculty of Music and at t he Royal Conservatory of Music.\n\nABOUT:\n\nSince forming in 1998 and whi le rooted in the folk drumming traditions of Japan\, Nagata Shachu's princ ipal aim is to rejuvenate this ancient art form by producing innovative an d exciting music (through concerts and workshops) that speaks to today&rsq uo\;s audience and creates a new voice for the Taiko. Taking its name from founder Kiyoshi Nagata and &lsquo\;shachu&rsquo\; (old term for a perform ing troupe)\, Nagata Shachu has toured throughout Canada\, the USA and Eur ope.\n\nFounded in 1963\, the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC) is one of the largest and most vibrant Japanese cultural centres in the world . Their mandate is to promote Japanese culture and Japanese Canadian herit age. The JCCC offers a broad spectrum of Japanese traditional and contempo rary cultural programs\, martial arts\, festivals\, performances\, film sc reenings\, art exhibitions and more for its thousands of members and hundr eds of thousands of annual visitors. SUMMARY:YUKIAI: Nagata Shachu and Kodo drummer's Chieko Kojima URL:/en/events/2018/02/17/yukiai-nagata-shachu-and-kodo-drummers-chieko-ko/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR