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TAIKOPROJECT turns ancient Japanese drumming on its heels with a contemporary blend of taiko, music, storytelling and choreography bound to dazzle audiences during its Lied Center for Performing Arts 7:30 p.m. March 31, 2017, performance of “Interlocking Rhythms.”

As LA Weekly puts it: “This ain’t your mama’s taiko, but it may be your hip, younger cousin’s.”

TAIKOPROJECT, with guest collaborator Ryutaro Kaneko, former music and artistic director of Japan’s KODO, skillfully blends ancient Japanese tradition with 21st century American innovation. The dynamic production contrasts the raw primal power of the drums with the yokobue (bamboo flutes), koto (harp/zither), chappa (hand cymbals), marimba and udu (clay pot drum).

The drumming ensemble has performed and recorded with well-known musical artists, including Stevie Wonder, Usher, Alicia Keys and Kanye West, among others. The group has appeared at the 2009 Academy Awards and the 2011 GRAMMY® Awards, and was the first and only American taiko group to win the prestigious Tokyo International Taiko Contest in 2005.

TAIKOPROJECT aims to preserve taiko as a dynamic element of Japanese-American culture and heritage, while maintaining the art form as a community-based tradition.

Tickets for TAIKOPROJECT range from $28 to $36 for adults and from $14 to $18 for youth 18 years and younger. Tickets are available at LiedCenter.org, by phone at 402-472-4747 or at the Lied Center box office, 301 N. 12th St. UNL students can purchase tickets at a 50 percent discount with a valid NCard.

This presentation is made possible in part with generous support from Cornerstone Bank as well as Patron Friend Sponsors Christena & Kelley Baker.