april, 2017

28apr(apr 28)7:00 pm29(apr 29)10:00 pmMu Performing Arts gathers together world-class talent for Minnesota’s First Taiko Festival


Event Details

The festival culminates with a Mu Daiko 20th Anniversary Concert celebration.

Minneapolis, Minnesota — Mu Performing Arts celebrates Mu Daiko’s 20th anniversary by gathering some of the best taiko talent from Minnesota, the United States, Canada, and Japan to give audiences the opportunity to experience the impact, depth, and diversity of taiko performance as a dynamic musical art form and a cultural heritage that originates from Japan and is practiced around the world.

“This Minnesota Taiko Festival is a dream come true for me. I want to show Minnesota the best of what taiko has to offer. We are bringing together my favorite taiko people in the world, traveling near and far, to help us celebrate 20 years, and launch us into 20 more.” — Jennifer Weir, Mu Daiko Artistic Director


The festival opens with — and repeats as an encore closing event — a concert on the Guthrie’s McGuire Proscenium stage featuring Mu Daiko and spotlighting guest artists. The concert celebrates two decades of Mu Daiko with an all-star guest list, featuring a playlist of Mu Daiko favorites, new compositions, and a commission by Michelle Fujii.

Guest artists include:

Yuichi Kimura of Daichi No Kai (Kobe, Japan)

Tiffany Tamaribuchi of Sacramento Taiko Dan & Jodaiko (Sacramento, CA)

Shoji Kameda of On Ensemble (Los Angeles, CA)

Michelle Fujii and Toru Watanabe of UNIT SOUZOU (Portland, OR)

Naomi Guilbert and Hiroshi Koshiyama of Fubuki Daiko (Winnipeg, MB, Canada)

ensemble-MA (Greater Twin Cities, Minnesota)


Saturday afternoon activities are free and open to the public. They include select guest artist performances and workshops designed to introduce the public to taiko basics and allow them to experience the energy, challenge, and grace of taiko drumming firsthand. Panel discussions, educational opportunities, and family activities including origami, face painting, storytelling, and a drum petting zoo will continue throughout the afternoon. These daytime performances, mini-workshops, and family activities are all free events scheduled for Saturday, April 29 from 1–5 p.m.

Concert dates and time: April 28 and 29, 7 p.m. each night.


Concert tickets and prices: $60 VIP tickets (limited quantity) include pre-show reception and preferred seating. $40 Adult tickets. $20 Student tickets. For tickets and information, please visit online: www.muperformingarts.org or call 651-789-1012


Festival venue: Guthrie Theater 818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415.


For those seeking additional training, guest attendees can extend their taiko experience with hands-on studio classes on Sunday, April 30, by attending any or all of the four Master Class Workshops held at the Mu Taiko Studio facility at 2700 Winter Street NW, Minneapolis, MN 55443. The musician instructors include Tiffany Tamaribuchi, Michelle Fujii and Toru Watanabe, Shoji Kameda, and Yuichi Kimura.


For registration and information, please visit online: www.muperformingarts.org


28 (Friday) 7:00 pm - 29 (Saturday) 10:00 pm


Guthrie Theater

818 South Second Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415