Maze Daiko is an Alameda-based ensemble that is inspired to fuse culturally diverse sonic textures and melodies with the physical elegance and discipline of taiko. Maze combines Japanese taiko with East African Shona marimba, West African djembe, Persian santur, Brazilian zabumba, Middle Eastern doumbek, and European violin to create a unique and innovative sound. Seiichi Tanka, the father of North American taiko, has described Maze as “pioneers” of the art form.
The evening will include guest artists, Brenda Wong Aoki, the first Asian Pacific Storyteller to receive the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Network accompanied by Emmy winning Asian American Jazz musician Mark Izu. And as a special feature, Maze Daiko and Ed Holmes (SF Mime Troupe) will premier an excerpt from Island City Waterways 2020.
Maze Daiko: Japanese Taiko and Beyond is presented as part of Rhythmix Island Arts Concert Series honoring island traditions from around the world, on the island of Alameda.
More info: www.rhythmix.org/events