Thursday, March 8, 2012

From Japan, Percussive Gratitude at the Lincoln Center

This video is not from the Lincoln Center, but from 2010. I will continue to search for more recent postings of Ondekoza performing Amazing Grace.
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.
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8 comments:

LL said...

As well as this was performed, Amazing Grace always sounds better to me when played by bagpipes...

The drumming was very cool, all the same.

The Debonair Dudes World said...

Having family and friends in Japan and not knowing if they were safe or not for days, this was a tragedy that I will never forget.

WoFat said...

Hardest working drummers in the world. Make an old bongo guy's heart swell.

Maggie Thornton said...

Interesting that Amazing Grace resonates across the world (except in Muslim lands I guess). Beautiful.

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Amusing Bunni said...

Those are great drummers!

Kid said...

Nicely done.

Z said...

That is an interesting sound...but I like bagpipes, too...except I'm a little OD'd on AMAZING GRACE, if you want to know the truth :-)

THe Japanese have been SO grateful, SO peaceful and SO orderly in their recovery. They have a lot to teach us.

Teresa said...

Beautiful rendition of Amazing Grace. Loved the drummers!