The event will be free and open to the public, and is part of a February community-wide focus on Japanese culture and history, which will include other events, such as UF’s “East Meets West” Winter Pops Concert, featuring traditional Japanese dance, on Feb. 11.
The Jan. 30 lecture will feature Benjamin Pachter, Ph.D., executive director of the Japan-America Society of Central Ohio, who will address how Taiko occupies a unique musical space in Japan. The art is still being practiced for religious, court and theatrical purposes. A contemporary performance style, meant for the concert stage, has also emerged during the past 50 years.
Pachter will explore the manner in which Taiko performance styles, both traditional and new, coexist with and influence each other.
Refreshments will be served.
For more information, contact Cathy Donovan at donovan @findlay.edu and at 419-434-4711.