7th Gala Concert, Sunday, May 31, 2009 at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Theatre

Nine artist groups from the Pan-Asian spectrum

Featuring Julliard School pianist Dr. Shoshana Telner, mezzo-soprano Julie Nesrallah, fusion instrumentalist Mel M'rabet, modern dancer Jeffrey Chan of Toronto, jazz-pianist Peter Hum, Oto-Wa Taiko drummers and colorful Indonesian dancers and music ensemble, ever popular Himig Pilipino Choral ensemble and dynamic Turquoise Folk Dance of Ottawa


Oto-Wa Taiko drummers

The name Ot-Wa Taiko, while phonetically reflecting its community of origin, also uses the Japanese characters oto ("Sound") and wa ("Harmony"), along wth the world taiko ("Drum") The group will be performing later this year in Japan.

1. Shunpu ( " Spring Effervescene")

Composed by Oto-Wa Taiko, Shunpu is a complex piece which features an original song and three diffrent time signatures. The dynamic rhythms and the drummers' movements echo the vivacity of nature, with images of plants and other lifeforms emerging in a display of energy.

2. Saru Asobi (" Monkey Play")

Saru Asobi, composed by Oto-Wa Taiko, is reminiscent of a group of monkeys at play, and features unusual choreography, including a surprise ending.

Photo: Edwin Lee Designs

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