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Taikoproject brings Rhythmic Relations to Ford Theatres

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Los Angeles – The internationally acclaimed taiko drum ensemble TAIKOPROJECT presents “Rhythmic Relations 2013” at the Ford Theatres on June 29th at 8:00 p.m.

“Rhythmic Relations 2013,” marks the ensemble’s 6th annual performance and features a never before seen collaboration with top Middle Eastern percussionist Amir Sofi. TAIKOPROJECT’s unique blend of contemporary & traditional Japanese taiko music, storytelling and choreography mixes with Sofi’s powerful instrument - the darbuka - also known as the goblet drum), a single head, goblet shaped drum used mostly in the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe.

Drumming groups Bombu Taiko, Kitsune Taiko, Loma Pacific Taiko and Tanuki Taiko perform an exuberant program that includes more than sixty taiko drummers, in the first half of the concert. In the second half, guest artist Sofi joins TAIKOPROJECT for new collaborative works blending the sounds of traditional taiko drums, koto (Japanese harp) and custom-made marimbas with the Arabic tabla and tambourine.

Founded in 2000 in Los Angeles by a group of young, emerging taiko drummers, TAIKOPROJECT seeks to create a truly American style of taiko, blending traditional forms with innovative and fresh aesthetic approaches. TAIKOPROJECT was the first American taiko group to win the prestigious Tokyo International Taiko Contest in 2005 and continues to showcase their talent in worldwide tours, commercials and television shows. They have also performed alongside such musical superstars as Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Usher, John Legend and Justin Bieber. Most recently, they were featured in rock band 30 Seconds to Mars’ viral music video, “Up in the Air.” They are the recipients of major grant awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Japan Foundation.

“Rhythmic Relations 2013” takes place on Saturday, June 29 at 8:00p.m. at the Ford Theatres located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East in Hollywood.

For tickets and more information visit www.FordTheatres.org.

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