Our Featured Performers this year are Taikoza visit their website www.Taikoza.com for videos and other information. Check back soon for the schedule of all performances.
Taikoza uses the powerful rhythms of the Taiko drums to create an electrifying energy that carries audiences in a new dimension of excitement. The Taiko is a large, barrel-like drum that can fill the air with the sounds of rolling thunder. Roughly translated, Taiko means big drums-and that’s exactly what Taikoza brings. Big Drums, powerful rhythms, and electrifying, room-thumping energy. This exciting group draws from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual performance. Drawing from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance, Taikoza has created a new sound using a variety of traditional instruments. In addition to drums of assorted sizes, Taikoza incorporates the shakuhachi, the fue (both bamboo flutes) and the Koto (a 13 string instrument). Taikoza’s new CD has been nominated as best Asian Ethnic Album for the Just Plain Folks Music Award. Taikoza has appeared on different TV programs such as Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, the History Channel in “History vs. Hollywood” and ESPN S.U.M.O: The battle of the Giants. Taikoza is featured in the Movie: The Commute.Taikoza has recorded the music for the Nintendo wii game: Red Steel 1 and 2.Taikoza and East Winds have been the recipients of many grants for their exciting and energetic programs.
Taikoza presents a very popular program for schools in the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Philadelphia and Virginia area for Young Audiences and Symphony Space. Taikoza did a tour of Birmingham, AL area schools funded with a NEA grant that the Birmingham International Festival received.
Taikoza was formed in New York City by members of Ondekoza (the group that started the renaissance of taiko in Japan in the 60s and introduced Taiko to the world).
The members of Taikoza have performed in some of the most prestigious halls such as Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Suntory Hall, Osaka Festival Hall, Lincoln Center and many others. They have performed in Russia, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, Switzerland, Germany, France, Mexico, Republic of Georgia, etc.
Performances include corporate events for Merrill Lynch, Gillette, Ameritech, City of Los Angeles, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Dell Computers, PepsiCo, Bloomberg, Pfizer, Merck, Diesel, Sony, etc
Marco Lienhard – Music Director
Marco Lienhard, artistic director Taikoza and of East Winds, Inc.Marco Lienhard was a lead performer with ONDEKOZA for 18 years from 1981-1998. While touring as a professional taiko player in Japan, he mastered the shakuhachi under Master Katsuya Yokoyama, quickly becoming a virtuoso solo artist. Yokoyama invited him to perform to the First International Shakuhachi festival in Bisei, Okayama in Japan and then the tenth anniversary concert of the Festival. Marco Lienhard was invited to perform at four International Shakuhachi festivals that have been held around the world. He was invited annually to perform at the Meikyoku Kanshoukai concert series in Osaka. Lienhard also studied the fue and the Nohkan (Noh theater flute) with Masayuki Isso. Lienhard has performed more that 6000 concerts in Europe, Asia, and North America with appearances at some of the world’s most prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, Hammerstein Ballroom, Boston Symphony Hall, Osaka Castle Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Center and Suntory Hall in Tokyo and he has performed with the NYC Opera. Marco Lienhard also teaches internationally and in the last year has been teaching and performing in New Zealand, Australia, Russia, Japan, Italy, Switzerland, Brazil and Argentina.In 1995, M. Lienhard founded the group Taikoza with which he has toured in Switzerland, Italy, Germany, France, Belarus, Georgia, Russia (Tchaikovsky Hall, Smetana Hall, Bolchoi Circus), Mexico and the US. Marco Lienhard is also the director and founder of East Winds Ensemble, a shakuhachi and koto ensemble based in New York with which he performs also internationally. Taikoza and East Winds Ensemble are part of a not for profit organization (East Winds, Inc.) based in New York that promotes Japanese music.Lienhard has released many CDs to critical acclaim including Taikoza: Beginnings, which was nominated for best World music CD for the JPF awards. His First solo shakuhachi album became a best seller in Japan. Other CD include the music of Hayao Miyazaki 1 and 2, Piano and Shakuhachi CDs: Reverie and Travelers Song.
He can be heard on the award winning (best score) Nintendo Wii game: Red Steel and Red Steel 2. Lienhard has also appeared on many TV program including the NBC Macys’ Thanksgiving parade, The Sumo tournament filmed at Madison Square Garden, ABC’s Regis and Kathie Lee, History Channel, ESPN, PBS and many more in Europe and Asia.
Music is available on iTunes and cdbaby.com.