"Japanese Taiko and Music Ensemble"
Nagata Shachu (formerly The Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble), based in Toronto, Canada, has enthralled audiences with its mesmerizing and thrilling performances on the Japanese drum (taiko) since its formation in 1998. The Ensemble has been in frequent demand in Canada and the US performing in theatres, concert halls, universities and major music festivals. While firmly rooted in the folk drumming traditions found throughout Japan, the Ensemble's principal aim is to rejuvenate and redefine this ancient art form ensuring its relevance in today's society. Taking its name from the founder Kiyoshi Nagata and the Japanese word shachu meaning group, Nagata Shachu has become recognized for its exacting yet physically demanding performances on the taiko as well as for its broad and varied repertoire. With an emphasis on music and technical fundamentals over choreography and superfluous movement, the ensemble has created a unique performance style that is both powerful in expression and beautiful in its simplicity. Nagata Shachu has the unique distinction of being the only group outside of Japan with the sponsorship of four major Japanese drum manufacturers...a testament to their mastery of the art form. Nagata Shachu has been featured on CBC Television's "It's a Living" and MuchMore Music's "Clip Trips". Kiyoshi Nagata has been featured on CBC radio's "Global Village", BBC radio's "Tuesday Lives". In addition to having recorded four Cds of original music, Nagata Shachu, produces its own annual concert where it premieres new works and collaborates with guest artist. Combining thunderous, primal drumbeats with subtle, intricate rhythms, the ensemble is able to produce a wide spectrum of sound. With their vast array of Japanese taiko, gongs, bells, wooden clappers, shakers and bamboo flutes, Nagata Shachu will take you on a musical journey beyond all borders.