McKnight Theatre, The Ordway
345 Washington Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102

Mu Daiko celebrates 15 years of taiko with its biggest performance yet. Kicking off its three-week Minnesota tour, the Twin Cities-based drum ensemble brings its signature blend of tradition and innovation to the Ordway with familiar favorites and original compositions. During the second week of performances, Mu Daiko will share the stage with special guest artists that exemplify the unique power of women in both American and Japanese taiko.

HANAYUI was formed by the original founders and performers of legendary Japanese taiko ensemble KODO. These three top female artists, joined by Odaiko soloist, Yoshikazu Fujimoto are considered among the best in Japanese taiko. HANAYUI presents a ground-breaking combination of song, dance, and drumming as visually striking as it is musical. Joining them are Tiffany Tamaribuchi, one of the nation’s leading forces in North American taiko, and recent Minnesota transplant and Mu Daiko collaborator Megan Chao Smith.

Appropriate for all ages. Contains loud noises.

Credits for photo: From left to right, Yoshikazu Fujimoto, Yoko Fujimoto, Mitsue Kinjo and Chieko Kojima.

Mu Daiko and company embark on a statewide tour after the Ordway performances!

February 23, 2012 at A Center for the Arts in Fergus Falls, MN
February 25, 2012 at Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing, MN
March 1, 2012 at Grand Marais Playhouse in Arrowhead Center for the Arts, Grand Marais, MN
March 3, 2012 at The Reif Center in Grand Rapids, MN

“What joyous thunder. The local Japanese drum group is so ebulliently excited about the music it creates and the showmanship it puts on display that very genuine smiles make their way around the stage and onto the audience's faces.”

“Bliss that booms.”

“The contagious happiness this music creates is something far deeper than an adrenalin rush.”

-Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press

“The most impressive part is the group's seemingly indefatigable energy. Despite the physical demands of taiko their love for playing – and one another – is evident from start to finish.”

“It’s clear to see why Mu Daiko has amassed such a following”

--Lauren Peck, Twin Cities Metro

“The bottom line is, if you ever get a chance to see Mu Daiko perform, take it. I guarantee you'll have a great time.”

- Jill Schafer, Cherry and Spoon

“When Mu Daiko’s taiko drummers beat out a rhythm, it’s not just performance—It’s exultation.”

“The show grabbed the audience from the beginning with bone-shaking power…and we didn’t catch our breath again until intermission.”

--Susannah Schouweiler, Knight Arts Blog


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