Uzume Performing for Vancouver's big 1-2-5

On April 6 Vancouver will be celebrating its 125th birthday! Uzume Taiko is excited to be part of the city celebrations, with a performance at the city's Birthday Live, a free event at Jack Poole Plaza at 4pm.

Vancouver is internationally known for its culturally diverse population. Our city's arts, cuisine, languages, and of course music, is marked by this diversity. The mixture of ingredients from all corners of the world, with our unique West Coast flavour is capable of creating the most amazing results. This is what Vancouver celebrates on April 6th, and few groups in the city can musically represent its diversity better than Uzume Taiko!

Since 1988 Uzume strives to create its own style of taiko drumming, bringing a West Coast vibe to the art of traditional Japanese drumming. Over 23 years of activities, Uzume Taiko has collaborated with many of artists (from Paul Bray to Mearingstone to the Victoria Symphony Orchestra) and played in numerous Lower Mainland venues and festivals. We've also toured extensively across Canada, throughout Europe and even gone to Japan.

Our performances, like the city of Vancouver, are unique because they result from the symbiosis of the different cultures, the different backgrounds and the different experiences of those who are part of it. We are truly grateful to be recognized by the city of Vancouver as a group who personify and express the diversity of the city. We hope that you can come and watch us at the Vancouver's 125th Anniversary celebration Birthday Live, on April 6 at the Jack Poole Plaza @ 4pm.

For that presentation, our four taiko drummers Bonnie Soon, Jason Overy, Naomi Kajiwara, Boyd Grealy will be joined onstage by the Scottish bagpiper Michael O'Neill, for what is promising to be a wonderful, multi-cultural performance.

To get a taste of how our presentation will look and sound, you can catch us on Citytv's Breakfast on Wednesday April 6 @ 8am.

If you can't make it out to this performance, we have another show coming up soon! Uzume Taiko will be part of Taikotronics, a show featuring six taiko groups from Vancouver and the newly formed Vancouver Electronics Ensemble at the Vancouver Playhouse on May 3 @ 8 pm.

Hope to see you soon!