Japenese Taiko drummers to perform with MIHS percussionists

The performance will be held at MIHS’s performing arts center on Mar. 6.

Japanese drumming on March 6

“Chikiri” featuring Ringtaro, Asako and Sohshun Tateishi will perform Japanese Taiko drumming 7 p.m. -8 p.m. on March 6 at Mercer Island High School (MIHS)’s Performing Arts Center. Admission will be $5.

The performance is the capstone of an eight-week artist-in-residence program for percussion students at the high school. The performance will include the MIHS wind ensemble percussionists playing “Shogun,” the MIHS percussion ensemble playing two Taiko pieces arranged for the ensemble, and a special 30-minute performance by the Chikiri and performing members of The School of Taiko Ringtaro has been teaching.

Taiko drumming is a mixture of activities including music, physical exercise and cultural experience combined to express human energy as performing arts.

“Our time with Ringtaro and Asako has been very focused, valuable and exciting, and will lead us to a fantastic performance” said Parker Bixby, director of bands at Mercer Island schools.

Ringtaro Tateishi has more than 10 years of experience performing in 26 countries with the world-renowned Taiko troupe Ondekoza including concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York City. After leaving Ondekoza, he performed daily at the Epcot Center at Walt Disney World in Florida for seven years before coming to Seattle. For more information go to https://www.japancreativearts.com.