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East Asian Drumming and Performance Series and Taiko Ensemble Class
Author: Jessica McElfresh, Music Department
Posted: March 8, 2011

The Department of Music at Portland State University will present an East Asian Drumming and Performance series highlighting the vibrant traditions of Japanese and Asian American taiko, Chinese Dragon and Lion Dance, and Korean drumming and dance. All three events are free and open to the public, and will include performances as well as workshops.

Portland Taiko Thursday, March 10, 3:00-4:30 pm in Lincoln Hall, Rm. 175

Lee's Association Dragon and Lion Dance Team Thursday, April 7, 6:00-7:30 pm in Lincoln Hall, Rm. 75

Seung-Hee Ji and the Oregon Korean Traditional Art Center Friday, May 6, 6:00-7:30 pm in Lincoln Hall, Rm. 75

For general information, contact the Department of Music at 503-725-3011 or For information on the series or specific performing groups, please contact Wynn Kiyama at


Taiko Ensemble offered Spring Term 2011

Learn about the rich Japanese and North American traditions of group drumming (kumi daiko) and be a part of Portland State University’s first taiko ensemble! Students will receive hands-on instruction in basic form (kata), hitting techniques, and movement, and will learn a variety of drumming styles. This ensemble will be directed by Wynn Kiyama, assistant professor of musicology and ethnomusicology and music history coordinator at PSU. Kiyama trained with Soh Daiko, Kiyonari Tosha of the Nihon Taiko Dojo, Takada Yosuke of the Tokyo Chindon Club, and the Tachibana School of Nihon Buyo. 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, and the Arthur Ashe Stadium. Special Studies: Taiko Ensemble Spring Quarter, MUS 199 (1 credit) Mondays, 4:30—6:20pm Lincoln Hall, Rm. 37