Wynn Kiyama: Exploring the Boundaries of Taiko in Japan and North America
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 7:30pm
Wynn Kiyama:  Exploring the Boundaries of Taiko in Japan and North America

PSU Institute for Asian Studies' Faculty Focus Series presents

Wynn Kiyama,  Assistant Professor of Musicology and Ethnomusicology & Music History Coordinator, Portland State University

Exploring the Boundaries of Taiko in Japan and North America


DATE:  March 5
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: PSU Lincoln Hall room 75, 1620 SW Park Ave.
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Free & open to the public

Wynn Kiyama, assistant professor of musicology and ethnomusicology and the music history coordinator at Portland State University will present about taiko drumming. Developed in the 1950s with strong ties to Japanese festival music, the genre and repertoire of taiko drumming has since expanded to include a plethora of regional and cross-cultural musical influences. In this presentation, Dr. Kiyama will contextualize "traditional" taiko compositions with live demonstrations by the PSU Taiko Ensemble; and will survey the use of taiko in new musical settings, from chamber and orchestral music to jazz and popular music.

Wynn Kiyama received a Ph.D. in musicology from New York University. Prior to coming to Portland State University in 2010, he and has taught at Rutgers University, Westminster Choir College, Columbia University, and held an artist residency at Colby College.

Kiyama trained with the San Jose Junior Taiko Group, Soh Daiko, Kiyonari Tosha of the Nihon Taiko Dojo, Takada Yosuke of the Tokyo Chindon Club, and the Tachibana School of Nihon Buyou. He has performed with a wide variety of musicians including Arturo O'Farrill and the Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Badal Roy, Giovanni Hidalgo, Jason Kao Hwang, Sang Won Park, and Korn at such venues as the Knitting Factory, Galapagos, Birdland, Vision Festival, Merkin Concert Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park, United Nations, and the Arthur Ashe Stadium. He leads the Japanese street music group HAPPYFUNSMILE and the experimental trio KIOKU, and has recorded on the Quiet Design record label.

Sponsored by the School of Music and Institute for Asian Studies

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