BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT UID:events.uid.6161@www.discovernikkei.org DTSTART:20200215T000000Z DTEND:20200215T000000Z DESCRIPTION:<strong>25 years of Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Los Angeles:\nOkin awan drum-dance group to host milestone concert in Torrance\n\n</strong>In 2020\, the Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko &ndash\; Los Angeles Branch (RMDLA) i s proud to celebrate 25 years of spreading the Okinawan spirit across Sout hern California. To celebrate this momentous occasion\, they will be holdi ng an anniversary concert entitled <em>Gajumaru: Shihanseiki no Sasae</em> on February 15 (Saturday)\, 5 p.m.\, at the James R. Armstrong Theatre in Torrance\, CA. Tickets are available online: <a href="https://tinyurl.com /rmdla25" target="_blank">tinyurl.com/rmdla25</a>\n\nAs the art of taiko d rumming continues to gain popularity throughout the world\, the art of eis a\, or Okinawan festival drumming\, has also gained popularity. Though the re are many eisa groups in existence\, Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko is perhaps one of the most internationally recognized for its fusion of <em>odori</e m> (traditional dance) and karate movements. Performers dance and drum sim ultaneously to an exciting blend of traditional and contemporary Okinawan and Japanese music.\n\nFounded in 1982\, Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko has bran ches across Japan\, North America\, and South America. Since its formation in 1995\, the Los Angeles branch has continued to perform for various occ asions around the community. Some of their recent events include performan ces at the Dodgers and Clippers games. They have also continued to activel y perform in local events such as the Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festiva l and the Torrance Sister City Bunka-Sai.\n\nRMDLA&rsquo\;s 25th anniversa ry concert will be an international celebration with the Los Angeles branc h being joined by members from Peru\, Bolivia\, Brasil\, Argentina\, Mexic o\, Okinawa\, and Ohio state. Additionally\, their dynamic choreographies\ , powerful drumming\, and festive costumes will be accentuated by theatre- style lighting and audio\, ensuring a must-see performance.\n\nThe show&rs quo\;s title\, <em>Gajumaru</em>\, stems from the gajumaru tree\, also kno wn as the banyan tree\, a tree in Okinawa that is known for its strong sup port given from its several branches. The tree is also known for its long lifespan. The group decided on this title to express appreciation for all the support they have received in the past 25 years\, as well as to illust rate their hope that the group lasts for many more years\, like the strong gajumaru tree. The subtitle\, <em>Shihanseiki no Sasae</em>\, is a Japane se phrase that translates to &ldquo\;quarter-century of support&rdquo\; as another way to showcase their gratitude to everyone who has supported the m throughout this journey.\n\nThe James R. Armstrong Theatre is located at 3330 Civic Center Drive\, Torrance 90503. Tickets are available online fo r $20 (<a href="https://tinyurl.com/rmdla25" target="_blank">tinyurl.com/r mdla25</a>) or at the door for $25. For more information\, please contact the group at rmd.losangeles@gmail.com (310) 662-3558 (please leave a voice mail).\n DTSTAMP:20240418T130827Z SUMMARY:Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko L.A. 25th Anniversary Concert (Okinawan Dr um-Dancing) URL:/en/events/2020/02/15/ryukyukoku-matsuri-daiko-la-25th-anniversary-con/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR