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Nagata Shachu & DRUMHAND collaboration
Al Green Theatre (Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre)
Toronto, ON
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Nagata Shachu & DRUMHAND collaboration
Pre-eminent Canadian taiko group showcase master collaborations and Torontos diverse districts in 18th annual season titled Toronto Taiko Tales  Global Beats from Around the City: The season wraps in The Annex featuring a rare collaboration with spirited Toronto roots ensemble DRUMHAND at Al Green Theatre, June 10

Japanese taiko group Nagata Shachu pounded the doors off Regent Park's Aki Studio Theatre at the album release show for current release 'Toronto Taiko Tales. the way they were able to bring those drums down to the sound of a gentle breeze susurrating then back up to thunderous resolves on some numbers, would have brought tears to the eyes of any grunge muso in the house.  Lenny Stoute, Cashbox Canada

DRUMHANDs music isnt really for passive listening. The pan-Ontario group is a kind of percussive fusion, with layers of rhythm and polyrhythm playing off each other. Anyone who is a fan of world music, jazz horns... would find a lot to like here.  Adam Carter, CBC.ca

Toronto, ON, May 11, 2017  Torontos taiko group Nagata Shachu present their 18th annual season (Toronto Taiko Tales  Global Beats from Around the City) finale featuring an unexpected, high energy collaboration with roots inspired ensemble DRUMHAND at the Al Green Theatre on June 10, 2017 (details below).

Original cultures and genres crash as the pounding rhythms of traditional Japanese instruments and Taiko meet New Orleans parade band/roots music in a unique collaboration between Nagata Shachu and acclaimed ensemble DRUMHAND. Using hands, sticks and mallets, many of DRUMHANDs compositions feature the one-stringed stomach harp of Brazil or the box-shaped Gome foot-drum, alongside flutes and horns from around the globe, and the groups folkloric-style vocals appear in a variety of languages.

Founded in 2008, DRUMHAND members are; Marcus Ali (saxophones, flutes, vocals), David Chan (percussion, vocals), Larry Graves (percussion, vocals), Steve Mancuso (percussion, vocals) and Rebecca Hennessy (trumpet, vocals).

Recent DRUMHAND performances include; Small World Music Festival, Circuit at Ottawa's Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) with Propeller Dance and the Beaches Jazz Festival.

NAGATA SHACHU VIDEO: https://youtu.be/Sje2BTLJoNY.

DRUMHAND VIDEO: https://youtu.be/HyDzATTfejc.

WHERE: Al Green Theatre (inside the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre)  The Annex  750 Spadina Avenue (at Bloor Street W.), Toronto, ON, M5S 2J2.

WHEN: Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

HOW MUCH: Advance tickets are $20.00 to $30.00; http://drumhand.brownpapertickets.com.

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/237296663412950.

ARTIST QUOTE: Artistic director Kiyoshi Nagata states, I was immediately drawn to DRUMHANDs infectious African, Cuban and Brazilian dance rhythms, mixed with New Orleans influenced horns and woodwinds. I feel that their music makes a perfect compliment to Nagata Shachus more militaristic and disciplined style of taiko drumming. My hope is that we will create new works that reflect the strengths of both groups and a sound that has never been heard before in this city!

INFO: http://nagatashachu.com.

Nagata Shachu members are; Kiyoshi Nagata (taiko, shinobue/flute), Aki Takahashi (shamisen, vocals), Tony Nguyen (taiko), Kayo Homma-Komori (taiko), Jason Huang (taiko) and Naoya Kobayashi (taiko).

Nagata Shachu has toured extensively and played rare collaborations with artists including Japans Shogo Yoshii, pianist Ron Davis jazz/string ensemble Symphronica, acclaimed percussion quartet TorQ and Juno nominated Toronto Tabla Ensemble. Nagata Shachu has released seven original CDs and four DVDs (the latest is Toronto Taiko Tales, April 7, 2017).

Kiyoshi Nagata is Canadas pre-eminent taiko soloist, whose career spans over three decades. His principal studies were with Kodo in Japan and Daihachi Oguchi (artistic director of Torontos Suwa Daiko). In 1998, he founded Nagata Shachu, and currently teaches at the University of Torontos Faculty of Music and at the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Since forming in 1998 and while rooted in the folk drumming traditions of Japan, Nagata Shachu's principal aim is to rejuvenate this ancient art form by producing innovative and exciting music (through concerts and workshops) that speaks to todays audience and creates a new voice for the Taiko. Taking its name from founder Kiyoshi Nagata and shachu (old term for a performing troupe), Nagata Shachu has toured throughout Canada, the USA and Europe.


For media info, passes, photos, CD/DVDs and interviews please contact:
Laurie Lockhart
Tel: 416-988-2530 / Email: publicity@getthemessagepr.ca

For more artist info please visit:


Al Green Theatre (Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre) (View)
750 Spadina Ave. (Bloor / Spadina) in the Annex
Toronto, ON M5S 2J2



Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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