Win Tickets ($50): Making Waves w/ Portland Taiko @ Portland State University | Japanese Drum Performance

We are giving away a pair of tickets to see Portland Taiko’s Making Waves on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Portland State University’s Lincoln Hall. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, September 28.

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From our sponsors at Portland Taiko:
Portland Taiko Making WavesMaking Waves w/ Portland Taiko
Saturday, September 29 @ 8 p.m.
Sunday, September 30 @ 2 p.m.
$15-$25 | All Ages Welcome
Tickets & More Info:

Lincoln Hall, Portland State University
1620 SW Park Ave., in Portland

Every autumn we offer a chance to see Portland Taiko’s full company perform together on our largest drums –including our 5’ Okedo– in the season’s fall concert. Of the year’s offerings, the fall concert also gives our performers more creative space, resulting in a richer diversity of work within the show. Making Waves 2012 will feature the premier of four new works, from the varied voices of four Portland Taiko artists: Dan Chin, Karen Tingey, Toru Watanabe, and Portland Taiko Artistic Director Michelle Fujii.

Dan Chin’s untitled piece, Karen Tingey’s “Sunny” (working title), Toru Watanabe’s “GozuMezu”, and a collaborative piece by Watanabe and Fujii called “Poking the Stars,” together reveal the different inspirations and processes that shape new work in the taiko art form—and the exciting contrasts that are the result. For example, Tingey’s premier will be an ode to her late mother’s warmth and joy, whereas Watanabe’s composition takes its name from the legendary guardians of the underworld. Meanwhile Chin’s new work, his compositional debut, is inspired by sounds and rhythms from everyday life. Whether you are new to Portland Taiko or a long-time fan, Making Waves 2012 offers a sampling of our current voice, and a chance to experience the breadth of what taiko can do.

Founded in 1994, Portland Taiko was the first professional taiko (Japanese drum performance) ensemble in the Pacific Northwest. They have been a strong artistic presence in Portland and beyond for eighteen years. Portland Taiko pushes the boundaries of taiko expression by integrating contemporary sound, modern and folkdance movement, and world music with traditional taiko rhythms. Artistic Director Michelle Fujii and Managing Director Robin Mullins lead the company which performs for over 50,000 people locally and nationally in concerts, community performances, and tour engagements each year. Portland Taiko also offers studio classes, school programs, and community educational work to students of all ages.

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34 Responses to Win Tickets ($50): Making Waves w/ Portland Taiko @ Portland State University | Japanese Drum Performance

  1. Carlen Lloyd September 24, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    Konnichiwa! Ogenkideska?
    (that means Hello! How are you? in Japanese :) )

  2. Michelle September 24, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    I’d really love to win tickets because it’s my sister’s first year at PSU and she’s been studying Japanese since she started high school (she went to Japan as an exchange student for a year, too). I’d love the opportunity to take her to this show since I know she’s really been missing being in Japan!

  3. Carrie September 24, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    I love Japanese drumming! My boyfriend and I recently moved to Portland, and this would be a wonderful welcome to the city!

  4. Kate September 24, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

    As an avid musician & percussionist, I love live performance.

    I would love to win these tickets, I would take my mother!

  5. Zoe Morgan-Montoya September 24, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    I would so very much love to see them! Taiko drumming is deeply inspiring and it would be amazing to see this troop. For someone who plays the african drum it would be a new moving experience!

  6. Megan September 25, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    Wow my friend is visiting me this weekend and she loves Japanese performance art. I know she will enjoy this Taiko event and I can show her my university at the same time :)

  7. Sean September 25, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

    My Mom is visiting PDX from Maryland. I’d love to take her to a lively, inspiring cultural event that reflects the area’s heritage. She loves music but has never seen Taiko.

  8. Heather September 25, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    This sounds amazing. I would love to go.

  9. Karen M September 27, 2012 at 11:18 am #

    Oh taiko drums are the best! I’d love to go to this concert!

  10. Emily September 27, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    I saw a Taiko performance when I was in Japan about a decade ago. I still get shivers when I think about it. I would love to be able to see another performance, and as a new transplant to Portland it would be a great way to start up my new life here.

  11. Jessica September 27, 2012 at 11:54 am #

    I lived in Asia for 2 years and really miss it. Would love to get some Japanese vibes!

  12. Mari September 27, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

    I love taiko, especially live taiko! I recently moved to Portland and haven’t been able to check out any local taiko yet. I would really love to go, thanks!!

  13. Nancy September 27, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

    I would love to go and take my friend; love taiko and haven’t seen them in a very long time! Thanks so much!!

  14. Kim September 27, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    This looks amazing! I would love to go!

  15. Jason Reynolds September 27, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    I would love to take my 2 boys (6 & 8 years old) to see the drummers but simply cant afford to do it. They would go bananas to see and hear the spectacle – and I would really like to expose them to some more culture!

  16. Jason September 27, 2012 at 3:19 pm #

    I want to go see people hit things.

  17. April Hoffmann September 27, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    Everyone should want to see this show- taiko is truly as awesome as everyone says- i have only seen 5-10 minute shows of this awesome group in the past. Oh this would be super duper wonderful times a million!

  18. Ben September 27, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    The thunderous all encompassing sound!!!

  19. Jody September 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

    Would love to go and see this with my son. We saw a short performance at the Japanese gardens and loved them.

  20. bryan September 27, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

    Love the drums – you can feel them like an extra heart beat. Saw some at the Japanese festival and fell in Love.

  21. Jackie September 27, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

    This would be AWESOME!!!! I’ve always wanted to go to a performance like this!!!

  22. Lucy September 27, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    I mentioned this to my boyfriend:
    Him: That’d be awesome! Did I ever tell you how I wanted to make a taiko drum in high school?
    Me: Of course.
    Him: Out of a wine barrel, how cool would that be? It was going to be a mainstay of our band. I should try again…
    Me: (pause) Ugh, yeah, sure.
    Him: I’d just have to get a wood saw…and a barrel…and a couple other supplies.

    He needs the inspiration! We would love these tickets!

  23. Debbie September 27, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    Wow, that would be so much fun. The Taiko drummers came to my sons school and taught some mini lessons, then they got to have a performance, it really inspired him.

  24. Lily September 27, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    My favorite part of taiko drumming is watching the amazing bodies. It’s like a sport. Guys have 6-packs to endure the drumming. It’s intense. Love the drama and when they have taiko on a parade, everybody watches. Love it.

  25. Lake September 27, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    I would love to be able to attend this show! Taiko drums shows are way cool

  26. Jamie September 27, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    I love exposing myself to new artistic expressions! I always stop for drummers on the street, I imagine this would be incredible for me. Not to mention this would be a great date!

  27. Sarah September 27, 2012 at 6:50 pm #

    we’re broke and i don’t have birthday plans this weekend. no, i’m not feeling sorry for myself at all..
    this would be fun!

  28. Karen September 27, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    I would like to attend this concert to experience the power of the drums and the strength of the full band performance. It would be a great opportunity to experience a different cultural sensation, to experience a portion of the Japanese culture that my 10 year old filipino-american grandchild has has been immersed in since the age of three.

  29. margit September 27, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

    This would be awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Brittany September 27, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

    I tried taking some Taiko drumming classes in Japan. Apparently I don’t have rhythm, but I still like watching it.

  31. Paula September 27, 2012 at 10:44 pm #

    OMG! So awesome! I really would love to win tickets to this event! The artistry while playing instruments… AMAZING!

  32. Nicole September 28, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    I would like my world shaken, please.

  33. liz September 28, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    i got to see Taiko once before and loved it! I want these tickets so badly!

  34. seth francis September 28, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    I am so happy that these guys are celebrating the Powerful Japanese culture, after their tragedy we need as much attention and support as possible, and I want to be a part of it. I want to revel in their culture, dance to their drums, taste the delicious food and donate to organizations helping with growth and support. Please let me be a part of it, let me experience the spine tingling power of the drums.

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