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Japanese Drumming Ensemble to Perform at UWRF

MARCH 3, 2006--Mu Daiko, a Twin Cities-based Japanese taiko drumming ensemble, will present a concert at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls on Tuesday, March 21 in the Abbott Concert Hall from 3 to 4 p.m. The performance is free and open to the public.

A workshop is from 12:50 to 2:15 p.m. in music Professor Hilree Hamilton's World Music class. Members of Mu Daiko will teach workshop participants some of the techniques used in playing the different drums and other percussion instruments that are part of the ensemble.

Founded in 1987, Mu Daiko is a 12-member professional taiko ensemble of Mu Performing Arts. Members have performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota. In July 2005, Mu Daiko was selected as one of only four taiko groups in North America to perform at the annual North American Taiko Conference in Los Angeles.

Mu Daiko performs over one hundred times each year for schools, community organizations, arts institutions and corporations. In addition Mu Daiko reaches hundreds of taiko enthusiasts through its ongoing taiko classes and elementary, secondary and college-level workshops and residencies.

This event is co-sponsored by the UW-RF Performing Arts Committee of the Leadership Center, the Ethnic Studies Committee, Collegiate MENC: National Association for Music Education, and the UWRF Music Department.


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