Thunderous Beats to Reign, Down at the MACC
By Kristin Hashimoto
Be surrounded by thunder. Let heavy percussive beats travel down your spine and into your body in reverberating waves. On Saturday June 11, Zenshin Daiko will celebrate its 12th year performing intricate, exhilarating, and exciting Taiko pieces, for Maui audiences at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, and Saturday June 18, at the Maui Theatre in Lahaina.
Zenshin (forward) Daiko will perform, featuring Kagami Kai, (literal translation: they pound mochi while playing along to the beat), a mochi loving group of friends who initially formed 20 years ago in San Francisco, California, will debut three original pieces written by members of their 40-strong ensemble.
These taiko loving, mochi-eating, friends turned performance artists, all came together for the camaraderie and a taste of their culture and heritage. Strong friendships formed through a shared homesickness, which became sublimated into their desire to play and perform Taiko, remember and revel in traditions, and help their community.
Forty members of Kagami Kai will be onstage performing during the first half of the show. Zenshin Daiko will debut three original pieces, written by members of the troupe.
Then on June 18, Zenshin Daiko, will be joined by wickedly talented percussionist, performer, composer and teacher, Kenny Endo, and feature Stanford Univerity’s Taiko group. This group was founded in 1992, and has since traveled internationally to perform for people in Thailand, England and Japan, and natively in California, Seattle and Hawaii.
Zenshin Daiko is a non-profit organization that began in 1999. The current crop of Daiko members number 50 strong, and range in ages from 6 to 18 years. They have expanded their operations with generous grants and support from the community.
Performances at each venue begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be $20 for adults and $10 for children aged 12 and under. Tickets are available at the MACC Box Office, online at www.mauiarts.org, or call 242-(SHOW)7469. Pre-show dinner at the MACC will be available from Alexander’s Famous Fish. They will be serving up: Seafood won tons, tropical salad, Miso baked Mahi Mahi, and teriyaki chicken with hapa style rice (brown and white rice mixture), with tropical salad. Appetizers to entrees are priced at $5 to $10. Tickets for the Maui Theatre venue is available at the Maui Theatre Box Office. Visit www.mauitheatre.com, or call 1-877-688-4800 for more details.