BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT UID:events.uid.5589@www.discovernikkei.org DTSTART:20180602T000000Z DTEND:20180602T000000Z DESCRIPTION:In their season finale\, Canada&rsquo\;s pre-eminent taiko grou p Nagata Shachu present Japanese music at its highest calibre\, featuring a new collaboration with one of the world&rsquo\;s best shamisen players\, Japan&rsquo\;s Masahiro Nitta.\n\nBorn in Sapporo\, Japan in 1984\, Masah iro Nitta &ndash\; internationally renowned shamisen (three-stringed tradi tional Japanese instrument) master &ndash\; has won numerous national perf ormance competitions in Japan (the National Tsugaru Shamisen Kanagi Compet ition in Aomori in 2000 and 2001\, and the 5th All-Japan Tsugaru Shamisen Contest in 2002)\, has played in festivals\, concerts and toured all over the world (including the United States\, South Korea\, Vietnam\, Thailand\ , the Philippines\, Laos\, Ireland\, Russia and Saudi Arabia by invitation for the Janadoria Festival hosted by the king) and has released 11 albums .\n\nLike Nagata Shachu\, Nitta constantly seeks opportunities to reach be yond musical borders\, and to make the shamisen accessible to the whole wo rld\; he has collaborated with musicians of other cultures\, including Ame rican guitarist/composer Dean Magraw and multi award-winning Thailand saxo phonist Sekpol Unsamran (Koh Mr. Saxman).\n\nARTIST QUOTE:\n\nTaiko master and artistic director Kiyoshi Nagata states\, &ldquo\;For our season fina le concert\, Nagata Shachu is honoured to be collaborating with one of the world's finest shamisen players\, Masahiro Nitta. Nitta's virtuosity and lightning fast finger work will be on display both as a soloist\, as well as in collaboration with our taiko ensemble.&rdquo\;\n\n<strong>TICKETS:</ strong> Regular\;&nbsp\;$27. / $32. / $37. Student/Senior\;&nbsp\;$20.\n\n Online\; <a href="http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/today.cfm?id=9 658&amp\;festival_id=0">http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/today.cf m?id=9658&amp\;festival_id=0</a>. \n\nPhone\; 416-973-4000\, press 1.<span style="text-decoration: underline\;">\n\nIn person\; Box office\, 235 Que en&rsquo\;s Quay West\, Toronto\, ON\, M5J 2G8.\n\n<strong>FACEBOOK EVENT: </strong> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/153119282185716/">https ://www.facebook.com/events/153119282185716/</a>.\n\n<strong>VIDEOS:</stron g>\n<a href="https://youtu.be/0zkE4Ghskeo">https://youtu.be/0zkE4Ghskeo</a >.\n\n<a href="https://youtu.be/OVy-njbtPo0">https://youtu.be/OVy-njbtPo0< /a>.\n\n<strong>MORE INFO:</strong> <a href="http://nagatashachu.com">http ://nagatashachu.com</a>.\n\nNagata Shachu members performing in this conce rt are Kiyoshi Nagata (master soloist\, taiko\, shinobue/flute)\, Aki Taka hashi (taiko\, shamisen\, vocals)\, Tony Nguyen (taiko)\, Jason Huang (tai ko)\, Andrew Siu (taiko)\, and Naoya Kobayashi (taiko).\n\nNagata Shachu h as toured extensively and played rare and unusual collaborations with arti sts including the Toronto Arts Foundation&rsquo\;s Arts in the Parks initi ative\,&nbsp\;world/roots ensemble DRUMHAND\, Japan&rsquo\;s acclaimed tai ko\, kokyu and shinobue virtuoso Shogo Yoshii (formerly of Kodo drummers)\ , Juno nominated Toronto Tabla Ensemble and most recently the founding mem ber and principal dancer of Japan&rsquo\;s Kodo drummers\, Chieko Kojima. Nagata Shachu has previously released six CDs of original music (latest\; Hymus Road\, 2013)\, and four DVDs (latest\; Toronto Taiko Tales\, 2017).\ n\nKiyoshi Nagata is Canada&rsquo\;s pre-eminent taiko soloist\, whose car eer spans over three decades. His principal studies were with &lsquo\;Kodo &rsquo\; in Japan and Daihachi Oguchi (artistic director of Suwa Daiko). I n 1998\, he founded Nagata Shachu. He also teaches at the University of To ronto&rsquo\;s Faculty of Music and at the Royal Conservatory of Music.\n\ n<strong>ABOUT:</strong>\n\nSince forming in 1998 and while rooted in the folk drumming traditions of Japan\, Nagata Shachu's principal aim is to re juvenate this ancient art form by producing innovative and exciting music (through concerts and workshops) that speaks to today&rsquo\;s audience an d creates a new voice for the Taiko. Taking its name from founder Kiyoshi Nagata and &lsquo\;shachu&rsquo\; (old term for a performing troupe)\, Nag ata Shachu has toured throughout Canada\, the USA and Europe.\n SUMMARY:Shamisen X Taiko! URL:/en/events/2018/06/02/shamisen-x-taiko/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR