MARQUETTE - The Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble, a six-member taiko - Japanese Drum - group based in Toronto, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, in Kaufman Auditorium.
Directed by Kiyoshi Nagata, the ensemble made its debut in 1998 at the Canada Council for the Arts' National Showcase at the DuMaurier Theatre in Toronto. Since then, the group has performed in theaters, concert halls, universities and major music festivals across Canada and the United States.
The Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble's music is rooted in the folk drumming traditions found throughout Japan. The ensemble aims to rejuvenate and redefine the ancient art form, ensuring its relevance in today's society. In addition to various taiko, the ensemble uses gongs, bells, wooden clapper, shakers and bamboo flutes.
Advance tickets for the performance are $6 for all students, $14 for Northern Michigan University faculty and staff and $15 for the general public, and are available at the Superior Dome, Forest Roberts Theatre, Willy's Snak Shak, by phone at 906-227-1032 and online at www.nmu.edu/tickets. Tickets at the door are $8 for all students, $16 for NMU faculty and staff and $17 for the general public. Season tickets for NMU's 2003-2004 Performing Art Series are $42 for all students, $98 for NMU faculty and staff and $105 for the general public and are available at the Superior Dome.