The sound of distant thunder from a passing summer storm blended with a different rumble Tuesday evening: The rolling rhythms of Japanese drum group Taikoza. The group took the Amphitheater stage Tuesday for the Family Entertainment Series performance following the annual Old First Night celebration. During the performance, Chautauquans were brought on stage to join in the music-making. Taiko, the Japanese word for drum, also refers to a traditional Japanese art from, encompassing music and dance performance. Drums took center stage in the performance, which also featured dancing and a Japanese bamboo flute, called a Shakuhachi.
Taikoza Brings Power of Japanese Taiko Drumming to Amp Stage (Gallery)