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Nesin Cultural Arts presents Big Drums

performance on tuesday, july 28 at MHS

July 21, 2015

Nesin Cultural Arts Summer Integrated Arts Institute presents Taikoza, featuring Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance, at Monticello High School on Tuesday, July 28, from 2 to 3 p.m.

The Taiko is a large barrel-like drum that produces powerful rhythms. The highly visual performance also features flutes (Shakuhatchi and Fue) and string instruments (Koto). Taikoza and East Winds have been featured on the History Channel (History vs. Hollywood) and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Their new CD has been nominated as Best Asian Ethnic Album for the Just Plain Folks Music Awards. Taikoza has also recorded music for Nintendo’s “Red Steel” game and the group has been featured on ESPN S.U.M.O. “The Battle of the Giants.”

Tickets are $5. For more information, contact Ellen Nesin at: (845) 794-6013 or e-mail:

This project is made possible in part with funding from a Sullivan County Arts & Heritage Grant funded by the Sullivan County Legislature and administered by Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, and by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. The Summer Integrated Arts Institute is supported in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by corporate support from Stewart’s Shops and M&T Bank. Visit

Photo: Program participants learn how to play Taiko, large barrel-like drums, during a session with Taikoza.