Hiraki: Tsunami Loss & Hope

Settlement Music School / Friends of the Japanese House and Garden / KyoDaiko

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Mar 11, 2011 – Earthquake and Tsunami devastate Japan

On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami and nuclear disaster, which devastated the northern Tohoku region of Japan. Among the many cities impacted was Sendai. For over 25 years, Sendai has been a cultural partner to Philadelphia's Shofuso Japanese House and Gardens, and relationships forged between artists in the two cities have brought the culture of Sendai to Philadelphia. For PIFA 2013, Settlement Music School, The Friends of the Japanese House and Garden, and KyoDaiko Taiko Drummers have come together to present Hiraki: Tsunami Loss and Hope, a specially commissioned work by Kaoru Watanabe that memorializes the victims of the 2001 catastrophe and the resilience of its survivors.

KyoDaiko Taiko Drummers of Philadelphia will perform two versions of this stunning program:

April 13 at Settlement Music School
7:00 PM - Hiraki and other Taiko Drumming selections by KyoDaiko
Free for Children Ages 12 and under

April 18 at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
5:00 - 6:45 PM - Tour of Shofuso Japanese House
7:00 PM - Hiraki performed by KyoDaiko
Outdoors, weather permitting

Hiraki: Tsunami Loss and Hope is a world-premiere from Taiko Drumming sensation Kaoru Watanabe, commissioned especially for PIFA. Kaoru was selected not only for his talent as a composer and taiko performer, but because he spent significant time training in the affected Tohoku region.

This performance is funded in part by support from The Philadelphia Cultural Fund.

Artistic Credits

Kaoru Watanabe - Composer / Choreographer / Featured Performer
Tamiko Laincz - Costume Designer
KyoDaiko Taiko Drummers of Philadelphia
Performers:Rodel Atanacio, Debbie Blaise, Paul Butler, Jen Chiappardi, Kimiko Doherty, Lei Lynne Doo Horvick, Ana Hernandez, Christina King Smith, Tamiko Laincz, Art Lee, Anne Lee, Tom Mistretta, Kazumi Myran, June O’Neill, Kris Rudzinski, Therese Stephen, Cathi Tillman, & Audrey Tuckerman

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Shofuso Japanese House & Garden

100 Horticulture Dr
Phila, PA 19131

$20 General Admission
$15 Tickets available for Seniors (65+) and Students (with ID) available at the box office.

10% Discount for Groups 10+ available at the box office or by phone.


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