2015 / Rhythmic Relations 2015: High-energy taiko stages at UCLA’s playhouse, June 27, 3 pm, 8 pm

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Rhythmic Relations 2015

TAIKOPROJECT celebrates new CD release

Saturday, June 27 at 3 pm, 8 pm

UCLA’s Freud Playhouse, 245 Charles E. Young Dr. E, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Reserved seating is $25. Tickets are available at www.tickets.ucla.edu Or (310) 825-2101

Directions and Parking: From Hilgard Ave. enter the east side of campus at Wyton Dr. Make an immediate right turn onto Charles E. Young Dr. East and signs will direct you to Parking Structure 3. From the ground level of Structure 3, enter the underpass (or from the street level cross Charles E. Young Dr. North and proceed down steps) and walk straight alongside Melnitz and Macgowan Halls. Turn left at the plaza and proceed to the courtyard of theaters.

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High-energy taiko songs and melodic taiko fusion converge to create a bass-pounding drum spectacular when TAIKOPROJECT brings Rhythmic Relations 2015 to UCLA’s Freud Playhouse on Saturday, June 27.

Since its founding in 2000, TAIKOPROJECT has been dazzling audiences with its unique contemporary blend of taiko with music and choreography.

Rhythmic Relations 2015, the group’s ninth annual taiko extravaganza, celebrates the release of their new CD, entitled “Our Many Sides.” Blending taiko with marimba, bamboo flute, melodic tank drum, udu (clay pot drum), and voice, TAIKOPROJECT is creating a new, innovative American taiko sound.

The first half of the concert will feature drumming groups Bombu Taiko and Kitsune Taiko in an exuberant program that includes more than fifty taiko drummers.

In the second half, TAIKOPROJECT performs all of the songs featured on “Our Many Sides.”

Winner of the top award at the 4th Annual Tokyo International Taiko Contest, TAIKOPROJECT has performed around the world in such places as Hong Kong, Dubai, the U.K. and Mexico.

TAIKOPROJECT has been featured in everything from commercials to television shows to awards shows, performing alongside such musical superstars as Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Usher, John Legend and Justin Bieber.

Most recently, they were featured in rock band 30 Seconds to Mars’ music video, “Up in the Air,” and in Sean Paul’s “Come on to Me” music video (with over 28 million views each) and were the recipients of major grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Japan Foundation.

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