Sounds of Spring is a A Collection of Performances, Presentations, and Workshops coming up May 3rd through May 5th. Ho Etsu Taiko will perform several original pieces along with guest artists Tiffany Tamaribuchi, founder and leader of Jodaiko and the Sacramento Taiko Dan, and Japanese folk music ensemble Wariki, a very talented father-son duo Akira and Raiya Katogi from Japan. (Click here for the Wariki YouTube video.)
- Spring Matsuri: Ho Etsu Taiko shares the stage with Akira and Raiya Katogi and Tiffany Tamaribuchi in a Spring Masuri hosted by the University of Chicago’s Japanese Student Association. Friday, May 3, 7pm, Logan Center for the Arts (915 E 60th St, Chicago, IL 60637). $10 for general public, $7 for students. Tickets athttp://jsamatsuri.eventbrite.com/.
- Japanese Folk Art Showcase: The Japan House at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) makes a beautiful setting for a thirty-minute showcase of Katogi-san’s artistic talents. Presented by Wariki as part of AsiaFest. Saturday, May 4, 2:30pm, Japan House (2000 S Lincoln Ave, Urbana, IL 61802). Free.
- Sounds of Spring Concert: Join us at the Spurlock Museum for a special evening concert featuring all three musical groups. Event is free and open to the public. Saturday, May 4, 7pm, Spurlock Museum (600 S Gregory St, Urbana, IL 61801). Free.
- Wariki/Tamaribuchi Performance: Buddhist ideas of selflessness, interdependence and harmony enliven this performance of Japanese dance and drumming. Sunday, May 5, 12pm, Midwest Buddhist Temple Social Hall (435 W Menomonee St, Chicago, IL 60614). $10 suggested donation.
- Japanese Arts Workshop: Learn the techniques of Japanese festival music, drumming and dance as Akira and Raiya Katogi, Tiffany Tamaribuchi, MBT Taiko and Ho Etsu Taiko transform the Midwest Buddhist Temple into a globally-reaching artists’ café. Sunday, May 5, 3pm, Midwest Buddhist Temple. No experience required. $45. RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org.