Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble (SYTE) was founded in 1999 to explore and develop works that incorporate taiko (Japanese drumming) with other forms of performance art. Named after one of the most beautiful cherry blossom trees in Japan, it is inspired to balance the sensitive and elegant aspects of taiko playing with the strong and powerful. Comprised of four classically trained artists with backgrounds in classical music, jazz, modern dance and visual art and design, SYTE brings a fresh perspective to the art of taiko. The ensemble has become known for its innovative approach to taiko, focusing on creating original compositions, blending melodic and unique instruments, a modern movement vocabulary and a theatrical flair not usually found in mainstream taiko performance.
From the very first strike of the taiko, Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble dazzles their audiences with theatrical flair that brings wonder, laughter, drama and thrills. The ensemble captivates with an intriguing array of drums, percussion, rare stringed and woodwind instruments, unique costumes and movement motifs that step outside the mainstream.
Since their founding, SYTE has received rave reviews for their work:
". . . the musicians sliced space and made it tingle . . . The drummers channeled energy with adventurous vigor, they sent it out, welcomed it back, built on it and made a moving art form in the process."
- Los Angeles Times
"Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble has never been afraid to push the boundaries...SYTE brings all of this to life with a delicacy of touch and a deliberate exploration of dynamics. They allow the music to breathe when needed, yet don't forget the thundering power of taiko at their command."
-David Leong, Rolling Thunder
Official Website: http://www.mvcpa.com
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