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JACCC Presents the Taiko Event of the Year: Super Taiko Concert

LOS ANGELES—The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center is proud to present two of Japan's most critically acclaimed taiko soloists and former members of KODO, Hiroyuki Hayashida and Shuichi Hidano, joined by taiko phenom Jun Takada to make up a super taiko trio. The Taiko Center of LA Ensemble, under the direction of Rev. Tom Kurai, will open for this high-octane performance. The Super Taiko concert on Saturday, March 5, 2011, promises to be the taiko event of the year!

With the temporary closure of the Aratani/Japan America Theatre for repairs, 2011 poses a major challenge for the JACCC to continue presenting the best Japanese and Japanese American programs in the nation. Kicking off their Spring season, the Super Taiko concert is also the first of JACCC’s 8-month commitment to the art and performance of taiko. This performance will not only be the JACCC’s way of answering to the challenges ahead, but also a big opening for their dynamic season.

Performing outdoors on the JACCC Plaza, the Super Taiko trio represents some of the most cutting-edge and powerful displays of taiko artistry today.

“We’re very excited to host these three accomplished taiko artists here at the JACCC to launch our Spring season,” said JACCC Artistic Director Hirokazu Kosaka. “We hope that using the JACCC Plaza as a performance space will provide the artists and audience members with a unique experience.”

Internationally renowned Hayashida has performed throughout the world and is known for his unique shouldering taiko called the katsugi oke daiko. Hidano has earned the reputation of versatility and creativity, and is the first Japanese performer to ever appear consecutively at the closing ceremonies of the World Cup, in 1998 and 2002. Takada, the third member of Super Taiko, began playing taiko at the age of eight, started his professional taiko career with a tour that opened in 1998.

The Super Taiko concert is Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 2pm on the world-famous JACCC plaza, designed by acclaimed Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi. Don’t miss the chance to experience the energy of super taiko players performing live! Tickets are $20 presale, $25 at the door, and $18 for JACCC members. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, January 26, 2011!

Super Taiko is made possible by support from The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, REMO, and the Sozenji Buddhist Temple.

For more information or to purchase tickets call (213) 680-3700 or visit



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