Island Arts Festival
March 04, 2011 8:00 pm
2513 Blanding Ave, Alameda, CA 94501, USA
From Japan, From Manhattan, To Alameda
Island to Island Arts Festival
Friday, March 4th @ 8:00 pm
Tickets: $20/advance, $25/door
From Japan, Chieko Kojima, from Manhattan, Kaoru Watanabe to Alameda join Maze Daiko in concert to launch RCW’s Island Arts Festival.
Principal dancer of the internationally renowned Japanese drumming ensemble Kodo, Chieko Kojima, and premier fue (bamboo flute) player and solo artist, Kaoru Watanabe (formerly Kodo performer and artistic director) have worked together extensively on Kodo’s stage to develop a visual and musical style of that transverse time and cultural boundaries. Chieko is known for her innovative interpretations of Japanese folk dance. Kaoru is a rare musician trained in both traditional and contemporary forms of eastern and western music. Together they reinvent tradition in our modern world with clarity and relevance.
Maze Daiko is known as the pioneer of a unique style, combining global instrumentation and rhythms with the physical elegance and power of taiko. Members of Maze Daiko, Janet Koike, Cristine Sato, Elaine Fong, Kathryn Cabunoc, Tina Blaine and Carolyn West, bring years of collective taiko experience from San Jose Taiko, Odaiko New England, Kyodo Taiko, Emeryville Taiko and the Rhythmix Ensemble. Their musical training mixes (Maze) together with unusual instrumentation, marimba, santur, djembe to create original interpretations for taiko that fill the stage with energetic choreography and distinctive sound.
Born in Iwafune, Tochigi Prefecture, Chieko first encountered Japanese folk dancing when she joined Ondekoza in 1976.
Kaoru was born in July 3rd, 1975 to St. Louis Symphony musician parents. He started playing classical flute and taiko (Japanese drum) in early middle school. Graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan before moving to New York to study Jazz Performance at the Manhattan School of Music. Kaoru performed and recorded with Stefon Harris and Jason Moran on Blue Note Records, among others. He was a member of New York’s Soh Daiko, the East Coast’s oldest and most respected taiko group.
In Tokyo, Kaoru studied Noh Kan (flute used in Noh and Kabuki theater) with Hiroyuki Matsuda, and the fue (bamboo flute) music of Edo Matsuri Bayashi with Kiyosuke Kobayashi. Moved to Sado Island in 1998 to become an apprentice and then performing member with Kodo. In 2005, he became the Artistic Director of Earth Celebration, Kodo’s annual world music festival held in Sado every summer. Kaoru left Kodo in September of 2006 and moved back to New York City to continue making music on the fue, flute and taiko in a variety of settings as well as teaching workshops, private lessons and his school.
Kaoru will be teaching a Japanese fue workshop on Tuesday, March 1st from 7-9:30 pm.Both workshops are open to all levels.
Bar & Concessions will be available at show.
This concert made possible with funding from the Zellerbach Family Foundation & the East Bay Community Foundation and the support of Kodo Arts Sphere America.