Amid a din of percussion and heavily amplified voices and instruments in the Rose Theater of Jazz at Lincoln Center on Tuesday evening came a remarkably understated moment. Not quiet, exactly, since it too was amplified, but simple, intimate, unexpected and soul wrenching.
The program, “Overcoming the Disaster: Gratitude From Japan to the World,” nearing the first anniversary of the great earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident in northeastern Japan, was presented free by the Japan Foundation as part of an international tour to show gratitude to the world for its sympathy, solidarity and support. Dominated by the crack drumming ensemble Ondekoza, the evening also included performances by Wakumizu Kagura, a folk-dance troupe from one of the hardest-hit areas; the Bamboo Orchestra; the Ochi Brothers, a percussion duo; the Umezu Chibi Brass; and various individual artists.More here.
I have always liked Japanese taiko drumming. This is a nice performance.