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Drums for Japan

After the earthquake and tsunami that left Japan devastated a month ago, the HWS community has banded together in an effort to help the torn nation. Fundraising will continue on Sunday, April 17 with “Drums for Japan,” a musical performance to support the city of Asahi in the Chiba Prefecture, at 2 p.m. at the Smith Opera House.

The invigorating show will feature the musical talents of drumming group Taikonnection. A word created by the group’s founder Masa Seto, it is a combination taiko, the Japanese word for drum, and connection, which Seto seeks to make with his audience through all of his work. Seto has close ties to both Japan, where he was raised, and Geneva, where he and his wife, Aki, also a member of the drumming group, currently live.

Taikoconnection also has a link to the HWS community – all members of the group share strong ties with Tanaka Lecturer in Asian Languages and Cultures Kyoko Klaus who is from Asahi.  “All the drummers are my friends,” says Klaus. “They know my family lives in Asahi, and they are willing to help.” 

Taikoconnection last performed in Geneva in October 2009 to glowing reviews. The Finger Lakes Times called the drummers “athletes,” and praised their ability to interact with the audience, moving well beyond a passive drum circle.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children grades 12 & under; they are currently on sale in Scandling Campus Center during lunch and dinner hours, through the Asian Student Union and at Smith Opera House. Tickets can also be purchased directly from Klaus who will be selling them in her Stern 121 office.

This event is sponsored by the Asian Student Union.

The photo above features a Taikoconnection performance on campus last year.