Japanese ceremonial drums pound Panama City

Hidano Shuichi and the Drum Masters

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Remember the Karate Kid II, when Daniel accompanies his mentor, Mr. Myagi, to Okinawa in Japan and he listened to the rhythm coming from enormous Japanese drums? The same sound will permeate the University of Panama Dome, in Curundú, when “Hidano Shuichi and the Drum Masters” perform on Wednesday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets cost $3 and are for sale at the box office the same day of the event and at Divas Panama, in El Cangrejo.

The “Hidano Shuichi and the Drum Masters” show, can be seen again on Thursday, November 12 at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $2, but seats are limited to 90 people.

Hidano Shuichi and the Drum Masters

Shuichi Hidano, is one of the more famous Taiko (Japanese drum) drummers and has captivated audiences in over 20 countries with his innovative and dynamic style. In 1998 and 2002, he performed solo drumming to his largest audience, more than 50,000, at the ceremonies of the FIFA Soccer World Cup in both France and Japan.

Hidano’s appearance with such bands as Jamiroquai and Anthrax introduced the wider world to a drum that until recent decades was confined to Japanese shrines and festivals.

Taiko are a broad range of Japanese percussion instruments. In Japanese, the term refers to any kind of drum, but outside Japan, it is used to refer to any of the various Japanese drums called wadaiko and to the form of ensemble taiko drumming more specifically called kumi-daiko (“set of drums”). Taiko drumming has inspired the video game “Taiko no Tatsujin”. Today, there are numerous Taiko performance groups, both amateur and professional, but there are extremely few professional Taiko solo players.

Hidano, will be accompanied by his Group “Masters of Drums”, who will also play the Japanese flute and the sanshin, a three cord instrument from Okinawa.

The group is in its tour commemorating 100 years of exchange between Central American countries and Japan. The event is organized by the Japan Former Fellows Association, the Japan Cultural Affairs Agency, the University of Panama and the Japanese Embassy in Panama.

For more information call 269-0336 or visit Facebook.com/EmbajadadelJaponenPanama

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