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Mu Daiko celebrates 15 years of drumming

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Mu Daiko, Minnesota's foremost taiko drumming ensemble, presents its 15th anniversary concert, Saturday, Feb. 25 in Red Wing.

The show stars Hanayui from Kodo; the legendary Odaiko soloist, Yoshikazu Fujimoto; and North American guest artists, Tiffany Tamaribuchi and Megan Chao Smith.

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The top founders and artists from legendary group, Kodo, come together to present the best of Japanese taiko to the Minnesota stage. Long recognized as the visionaries of the art form world-wide, their artistry, skill, and power in dance, drumming and song have set the bar for Japanese traditional art all over the world.

For decades, audiences have flocked to witness these artists on stage. Hanayui features three top senior female artists in traditional and fresh new performances of dance, drumming and song.

Fujimoto, long-considered here and in Japan to be the best Odaiko performer in the world, is presently Kodo's most senior performing member. In recent years he has played a large role in educating the Kodo apprentices, and is conducting more and more workshops for the general public.

Tamaribuchi was named grand champion in the 2002 All Japan Odaiko Contest. With her two signature strengths of power and form, Tamaribuchi was proclaimed by contest judges to have "a perfect hit." She brings 22 years' experience touring and training professionally with several top companies and folk artists throughout Japan.

After a decade performing and training in Japan, Smith is back in the states. One of a handful of Americans to perform taiko professionally in Japan, she was the first foreigner ever to dance in the sacred Hana Matsuri festival in Aichi prefecture.

At a glance...

Mu Daiko, the state's foremost taiko drumming ensemble, presents its 15th anniversary concert.

When: Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.

Where: Sheldon Theatre, 443 W. Third St.

Cost: $15 adults, $9 students

More info: 651-388-8700 or 800-899-5759, or www.sheldontheatre.org.

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