20th Anniversary Celebration The FESTIVAL of JAPAN: DRUMS + DANCE


May 4, 2012 at the Theater of the Riverside Church

A big thank you to everyone who joined us in celebrating 20 years of performing Japanese folk dance. A special thank you to our guest artists, Sukeroku Taiko and Shinobue player Nobuko Miyazaki, and all of our staff for helping us make the night a special one. We are delighted to be able to share some photos of the event, courtesy of Mr. Kenji Mori and Mr. Jun Suenaga.

Program

Opening: MATSURI

SUKEROKU TAIKO – “Oroshi Taiko” (おろし太鼓)



YAGI BUSHI (八木節)

PART 1

AIKAWA ONDO(相川音頭)

ZENIDAIKO(銭太鼓)

SUKEROKU TAIKO – “Gekko Saiten” (月光祭典)

IYO MANZAI(伊予万歳)

KOTOBUKI SHISHI(寿獅子)

SUKEROKU TAIKO – “Shiraume Taiko” (白梅太鼓), ”Matsuri Taiko” (祭り太鼓),  ”Midare Uchi” (乱れ打ち)

PART 2

TSUGARU YOSARE BUSHI (津軽よされ節)

KURODA BUSHI( 黒田節)

USHIBUKA HAIYA BUSHI(牛深ハイヤ節)

BON NO FUKEI-scene of Bon Festival

SHINOBUE- “Tsukuyomi”(月夜見)  Composed by Nobuko Miyazaki

BON ODORI – “Tokyo Ondo” (東京音頭),  “Soma BonUta” (相馬盆唄), “Tanko  Bushi” (炭坑節)

BON NO OKURIBI(盆の送り火)

FINALE

SUKEROKU TAIKO – ” Mitsudomoe” (三つ巴), “Sukeroku  Yataiuchi” (助六屋台打ち), “Nidanuchi” (二段打ち)

HANAGASA NEW YORK

Artistic Director  – Momo Suzuki

Choreography – Momo Suzuki

Dancers -Takako Funada, Miho Imoto,  Akira Ito, Shizuko Kato,  Yoko Kato,  Mai Nemoto-Kelly, Kevin Mooney, Chie Ohata,  Misato Ohno, Anna Petrovicheva,  Phuong Phamthihoai,  Ryo Shiba,  Harunobu Sugita,  Momo Suzuki,  Rieko Takamiya,  Masae Taniguchi, Umihei,  Manami Yamaguchi, MINBU KIDS – Hazuki Funada, Soyo Funada, Lia K Mah, Taiyo Ohno

Guest Artists-

Sukeroku Taiko – Yutaka Imaizumi,  Natsuko Mizuochi,  Shinya Iwashita,  Yo Inami,  Hikari Imaizumi, Noriko Ogaki

Yutaka Imaizumi, Director Sukeroku Taiko is a one of most renowned Kumidaiko (Taiko Ensemble) groups in Japan. Sukeroku Taiko was formed in 1959 at Tokyo’s Yushima Tenjin Shrine, not only to carry on the rich heritage of traditional Japanese drumming, but also to create a new and contemporary style of taiko. Until then, drumming in Tokyo was confined to the summer Obon festivals. The founders of Sukeroku Taiko, champion Obon drummers not satisfied with playing solely during the summer months, began studying drum patterns from Japanese classical music as well as other percussion styles from around Japan. The distinctive “sukeroku style” evolved to include exciting and lively rhythms, while incorporating dance and dynamic bodily movements into the performance of taiko. Sukeroku Taiko is led by Yutaka Imaizaumi. Born in Tokyo, Yutaka became the director of Sukeroku Taiko in 1974. He is also one of the founders of the Japan Taiko Association. As director and leader of Sukeroku Taiko, he has performed on countless national stages including the National Theater, Koma Theater, Kabuki-za, and media appearances on The Japan Record Awards, Kayo Concert, and Kohaku Utagassen. Internationally, Sukeroku Taiko have performed extensively in the U.S., Brazil, Spain, Germany, Hong Kong, Korea, Kuwait, and Vietnam. http://www.sukeroku-daiko.com/

Nobuko Miyazaki – Shinobue

Nobuko Miyazaki (flutist/shinobue player) embraces many styles including classical, jazz, Japanese, Arabic, and Brazilian music. She has been described as “a bracing new dimension” (The London Independent) and “at its most beautiful.” (The New York Sun) Nobuko has performed extensively in the US, Japan, and Europe, including at BBC Proms in the Park, Glastonbury Festival, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. Currently residing in New York City, she performs with Songs of Jupiter, Bassam Saba and the New York Arabic Orchestra, Taiko Masala, and the Sonny Ochiai Ensemble (classical Okinawan music). Nobuko is also a passionate educator and teaches piano, flute, shinobue, and world music to children throughout the New York area. As a composer, Nobuko has written works for many chamber ensembles, often including instruments from around the world such as the tabla, ‘oud, shinobue, and taiko. Currently, she is working on her debut album of original compositions in collaboration with pianist/composer Emi Inaba. The album will be released at the end of 2012. Originally from Chigasaki, Japan, Nobuko completed her undergraduate studies in flute performance at Indiana University, Bloomington and holds a Masters of Music in ethnomusicology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. http://www.nobuflute.com/

Lighting Design – Tsubasa Kamei

Stage Manager – Asami Morita

Assistant Stage  Manager – Koji Nishiyama

Program Design – Shizuko Kato

Flyer Design – Maiko Yoshihara

Costume and Props Design – Mayuko Okada, Hisami Taniguchi

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

We gratefully acknowledge the following individuals and organizations:

THIS PROGRAM IS SUPPORTED, IN PART, BY PUBLIC FUNDS FROM THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY COUNCIL.

THE JAPAN FOUNDATION NEW YORK
THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF JAPAN IN NY
THE JAPANESE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK

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