The UT International House, UT School of Music, and Knoxville Asian Festival are excited to announce a special performance by Matursiza, Japanese taiko drum ensemble on Monday, August 28th at 6pm in the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center.
Japanese taiko drums have been enthralling audiences for 2000 years – in religious ceremonies, in festivals, for rain and crops, and even on the battlefields as soldiers prayed for elusive victory.
Under the talented leadership of Takemasa Ishikura, who has influenced the group to play both traditional music as well as composed arrangements, the Matsuriza drum troupe is now a regular at Walt Disney World Epcot in Orlando, Florida.
An undisputed favorite of fans from the many cultures and countries where they have performed, they continue to mesmerize listeners with their rolling, clashing, and dramatic choreography and sound.
Tickets are available at the door starting at 5:30pm on August 28th. Ticket price for UT opted-in students if free. General public can purchase tickets for $5 at the door through cash or check (no credit/debit cards accepted at this time).
View highlight video of previous performance.