Eitetsu Hayashi Japanese Taiko Drum Concert

Posted on: May 22nd, 2018
When:
August 22, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
2018-08-22T19:30:00-04:00
2018-08-22T19:45:00-04:00

Eitetsu Hayashi: Japanese  TAIKO  Drum Concert Tour

with EITETSU FU-UN no KAI

in celebration of the 90th anniversary of Canada-Japan diplomatic relations

Ticket (tax incl.)
JCCC member: $20
Non-member: $25

Ticket may be purchase at JCCC Reception in person, by phone (416-441-2345), or online through Ticketweb. Tickets are non-refundable.

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In the spirit of celebrating the 90th Anniversary of Japan Canada Diplomatic relations, the Japan Foundation presents Japan’s premier solo taiko drummer, Eitetsu Hayashi, who will be on tour across Canada this summer.

The legendary musician will be on tour together with his ensemble of young drummers, the FU-UN no KAI ensemble, with concerts taking place in Calgary, Vancouver, Ottawa and the JCCCC here in Toronto.

Eitetsu HAYASHI is Japan’s premier solo Taiko Drummer. Born in Hiroshima, Japan, Eitetsu started his taiko career as a founding member and performer of the world renowned group Sado-Ondekoza which he worked with for 10 years. After he left the group, he was one of the founding members of “Kodo” in 1981, and he was a creator of the group name. After leading these taiko ensembles for eleven years, he started his solo career in 1982. As the first ever taiko soloist, he pioneered a new style of soloing, incorporating the massive O-Daiko, or big drum. This new method required techniques and physical stamina previously unknown in traditional Japanese taiko playing.
Eitetsu made his Carnegie Hall debut with the American Symphony Orchestra in 1984. Since then, he has performed throughout Japan and the world. As a soloist, Eitetsu performed with the world’s top orchestras, including; the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Seiji Ozawa in 1976 and 1999, and; the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano in 2000. The latter took place in Berlin’s Waldbühne with an audience of over 20,000 and was broadcast around the world.

In 2016, Eitetsu celebrated the 45th anniversary of his performing activities, and in 2017, the 35th anniversary of his solo career.

Please support the event. It promises to be not just a thrilling concert, but proceeds for tickets sales go toward building of the Chris Kano Taiko Studio.

Please see an article by Life Toronto (in Japanese only) for more information about Taiko and the event from here.

Date: Wednesday August 22, 2018
Time: 7:30pm

この夏、ジャパンファンデーション企画、主催の日加修好90周年記念ツアー、トロント公演が、日系文化会館、小林ホールにて行われます。

太鼓界のレジェンド林英哲さんが英哲風雲の会と共に熱演するこのコンサートは、和太鼓の迫力と魅力満載。独創的な音楽の世界へと導いてくれることでしょう。

太鼓についてやその他イベントの詳細はこちらのライフトロントの記事を是非ご覧ください。

 

Eitetsu Hayashi 林 英哲

Eitetsu HAYASHI is Japan’s premier solo Taiko Drummer.

Born in Hiroshima, Japan, Eitetsu started his taiko career as a founding member and performer of the world renowned group Sado-Ondekoza which he worked with for 10 years. After he left the group, he was one of the founding members of “Kodo” in 1981, and he was a creator of the group name. After leading these taiko ensembles for eleven years, he started his solo career in 1982. As the first ever taiko soloist, he pioneered a new style of soloing, incorporating the massive O-Daiko, or big drum. This new method required techniques and physical stamina previously unknown in traditional Japanese taiko playing.

Eitetsu made his Carnegie Hall debut with the American Symphony Orchestra in 1984. Since then, he has performed throughout Japan and the world. As a soloist, Eitetsu performed with the world’s top orchestras, including; the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Seiji Ozawa in 1976 and 1999, and; the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano in 2000. The latter took place in Berlin’s Waldbühne with an audience of over 20,000 and was broadcast around the world.

Eitetsu has also appeared in various festivals such as the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo (2004), the Japan-Korea Music Festival (2005) and the Saito Memorial Festival in Matsumoto (2005). He received several awards in recognition of his contribution to traditional Japanese music, including the prestigious Japanese National Cultural Award, the 47th Education Minister’s Art Encouragement Prize in the Popular Entertainment Division (1997), and the 8th Award for Promotion of Traditional Japanese Culture, Japan Arts Foundation (2001).

In 2016, Eitetsu celebrated the 45th anniversary of his performing activities, and in 2017, the 35th anniversary of his solo career.

広島県生まれ。11年間のグループ活動後、82年太鼓独奏者として活動を開始。84年初の和太鼓ソリストとしてカーネギー・ホールにデビュー。現代音楽の分野でも前例のない和太鼓ソリストとして国際的に高い評価を得た。太鼓独奏者としてロック、ジャズ、現代音楽、民族音楽などの演奏家と共演しながら、かつての日本伝統にはなかったテクニックと体力を要する大太鼓ソロ奏法の創造、多種多様な太鼓群を用いた独自奏法の創作など、ジャンルを超越した、まったくオリジナルな太鼓表現を築きあげた。

17年10月ソロ活動35周年(82年~)の記念公演をサントリーホールで実施。又後進の指導や国際的に広がる太鼓の、子ども達に向けての指導(「英哲メソッド」の基礎)なども行う。演奏活動45周年(71年~)、ソロ活動35周年(82年~)を過ぎてなお精力的に太鼓音楽の可能性を追求し続けている。

 

EITETSU FU-UN no KAI  英哲風雲の会

The meaning of FU-UN no KAI in Japanese refers to a favorable opportunity for a highly aspiring figure to achieve their goals. The name was a good fit for the group because it reflects their spirit. The overwhelming power of their live performances have elicited strong responses across Japan and abroad. Since they celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2005, the group began their full-fledged activities as an independent unit with Shuichiro Ueda, Mikita Hase, Makoto Tashiro and Tasuku Tsuji as key members.
This taiko ensemble is made up of top young taiko drummers active in Japan who resonate with Eitetsu Hayashi’s. It has a fluid membership of 10 or more drummers. In addition to performing Eitetsu’s original compositions which feature the big O-Daiko drum, the members make up an ensemble created by Eitetsu, who perform together with him.

The ensemble delights the audience with an extraordinary taiko performance in various formats while exhibiting the individuality of each member. Inheriting Eitetsu’s aesthetic sense, the ensemble puts on a tight show with a good, grainy sound, dynamic tone sequences that combine the slow and fast, strong and soft, and polished sound landscapes.

日本各地で活躍する若手太鼓奏者の中から、林英哲の音楽に共鳴する実力者が揃う太鼓ユニット。林英哲コンサートのアンサンブルメンバーとして活動する他、独自の演奏活動も行う、いずれも次世代を担う俊英たちである。流動的に十数名で構成されていて、ソロで活動する林英哲がアンサンブルを行う時、必要人数が参集する。

 

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