Taikoza drum group will visit Susquehanna University

SELINSGROVE – The Susquehanna University Artist Series will present the internationally acclaimed Taikoza drum group at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Weber Chapel Auditorium.

Featuring performances on large Japanese Taiko drums, the program artfully blends its thunderous sound with colorful dances and soulful melodies. The group’s performances have received international critical acclaim as a revitalized art form.

Taikoza was formed in New York City by members of Ondekoza, a performance group that began the renaissance of taiko-or “big drums”-in Japan during the 1960s. Taikoza’s latest CD has been nominated as best Asian Ethnic Album for the “Just Plain Folks” music award. The drum group has appeared on many television programs, including the History Channel’s “History vs. Hollywood,” ESPN’s “S.U.M.O: The Battle of the Giants” and NBC’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Tickets are available at the Susquehanna University box office, located in the Degenstein Center Theater lobby, or by calling 372-ARTS, noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Susquehanna University Artists Series has been presenting internationally acclaimed artists of dance, music and theatre for the university and larger community since 1902. The Artist Series seeks to encourage an aesthetic appreciation of diverse cultures as well as the artistic heritage of humankind. Performances are often linked in ways that advance intellectual engagement through master classes, lectures or content of the artistic presentation.