Makoto Taiko in Pasadena presents its annual concert on Saturday, June 26 at 4 pm at the Scottish Rite Center, 150 North Madison Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101. Free admission.
The concert will feature the entire ensemble of 45 taiko musicians and their signature pieces.
Makoto Taiko was formed on July 11, 1999 and is comprised of individuals from diverse experiences and ages.
They have performed at many venues over the past ten years, including the Prayer Vigil in Washington D.C., the World Festival of Sacred Music in Los Angeles and the Catskill Mountain Cultural Festival in New York.
Currently Makoto Taiko is under direction of Grammy awarded taiko musician Koji Nakamura. 45 players are beginners, intermediate and advanced levels.
Makoto Taiko will appear at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena on Friday, July 16 at 7 pm for the concert “Cosmic Thunder” in conjunction with the ongoing Ukiyoe exhibition “Hiroshige: Visions of Japan.”
Makoto is a fundamental character trait that includes such higher qualities as sincerity, truthfulness, altruism, reliability, and integrity. Makoto has a broad, yet profound, meaning that cannot be summarized in just one or two words because its meaning varies according to specific context. A person has makoto when his actions are in alignment with his words and ideals, and these words emulate the basic foundation of Makoto Taiko’s drumming.