Shumei Taiko Ensemble has performed at notable venues and events
throughout the world. The distinguished artists that have shared
the stage with the group include the famed kabuki actor Ganjiro
Nakamura, the trumpeter Terumasa Hino, and Paul Winter and the
Paul Winter Consort. Among the many thousands that have seen,
heard, and been moved by the Ensemble's music are Kofi Annan,
Nelson Mandela, and the Dalai Lama.
Taiko Tours Europe in 2004
year, the Shumei Taiko Ensemble will embark on its second European
tour. In keeping with the Ensemble's goal of encouraging peace
and friendship among the peoples of the earth through their
music, the tour will culminate with the group's participation
in Forum 2004 Barcelona and the Parliament of the World's Religion
2004, both held in Spain. The performing artists will offer
their musical prayer for our earth and world peace in the following
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19, Frankfurt, Germany at Alte Oper
20, Heidelberg, Germany
22-23, Milan, Italy at Theatro Dalverme
26-27, Berlin, Germany at Haus der Kulturen der Welt
30-July 1, Vienna, Austria at Halle E
7-13 Barcelona,Spain “Forum 2004 Barcelona & Parliament
of the World's Religions 2004”
York City, USA, June 1996: The Ensemble gave a concert
at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in connection with the opening
of the exhibition "Ancient Art from the Shumei Family Collection".
Los Angeles, USA, November 1996: The group
gave performances at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to
honor the opening of the exhibition "Ritual and Splendor:
Treasures from the Shumei Family Collection".
Japan, June 1997: The Ensemble played throughout the
grand opening celebrations.
York City, USA, 1998: A number of concerts took place
at various venues, including the Fountain Plaza at Lincoln Center,
St John the Divine Cathedral, the Church Center of the United
Nations, and at an interfaith service at St. Bartholomew's Church.
Town, South Africa, December 1999: The Ensemble performed
at the celebrations surrounding the meeting of the Parliament
of World Religions and the World Sacred Music Festival. During
these events, the group had the honor of performing for His
Holiness, the Dalai Lama XIV, South Africa's President Nelson
Mandela, and for the people of a local township.
York City, USA, August 2000: The Ensemble opened the
United Nation's World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual
Leaders. While in New York City, they also performed at Colombia
University and a high school in Harlem.
PA, USA, September 2000: The Ensemble was featured
with Paul Winter and the Paul Winter Consort in a benefit concert
entitled "An Affair with Nature" at Lehigh University,
Zoeliner Arts Center, Baker Hall. The proceeds from this concert
went toward the expansion of The Rodale Institute's "Kid's
Re-Generation" 2000 Educational Programs.
European Tour, 2002; Austria, Germany, and Switzerland:
The Ensemble performed at the “Global Peace Initiative of Women
Religious and Spiritual Leaders” held at the United Nations
Office in Geneva, Switzerland. They also traveled through Germany
and Austria to perform at various venues, including Broadcasting
China, November 2003: This was the Ensembles third
concert in Hong-Kong. The previous performances were held in
November 1988 and March 2000.
Japan, February 2004: The Ensemble was featured with
Paul Winter at a recital entitled the “Valentine Concert” at
Ensemble also gives bi-annual concerts in Japan on August 1
and December 31.
features staring the Ensemble include:
Junrei (Sound Pilgrimage) , produced by NHK, aired
in July 1996.
Temple was aired by Kyoto TV in July 1990.
No Taiko “Mei” a two-disc set of works from the
Ensemble's repertoire was produced by Nippon Columbia CO. in