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Fubuki Daiko
Fubuki DaikoIn ancient Japan, taiko drums were used to frighten invaders, inspire troops in battle, and communicate with neighboring villages. For over 15 years, Fubuki Daiko has been reinventing this traditional art form--merging primal roots with modern sensibilities. Collaborations with a wide range of groups including the Winnipeg Singers and Ron Paley’s Big Band, have continued to fuel their pursuit of excellence and innovation. The group has thrilled audiences throughout North America with their musicianship, humour, and sheer physical stamina. Fubuki Daiko’s repertoire is comprised mainly of original compositions. Hard driving percussive pieces alternate with gentle bamboo flute melodies. Precision choreography and spontaneous full body movement create a visual and aural spectacle that is part martial arts athleticism, part dance, and all rhythm.

The core members, Hiroshi Koshiyama, Naomi Guilbert, and Bruce Robertson, each have over 20 years of taiko experience, including a fouryear apprenticeship under Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka, the father of North American taiko. After performing at Carnegie Hall with the San Francisco Taiko Dojo and leaving with Tanaka’s blessing, they relocated toWinnipeg, Manitoba where they expanded into the current ensemble.

The group’s leader, Hiroshi Koshiyama, is the only Canadian formally trained in the art of the Japanese Lion Dance by world-renowned lion dancer, Nosuke Akiyama. He appeared in Philip Kaufman's feature film Rising Sun and performed on the film's soundtrack. Fubuki Daiko’s self-titled CD received a Prairie Music Award for Outstanding Instrumental Recording.

Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Manitoba Arts Council.

Hiroshi Koshiyama
PO Box 222, Station Main
Winnipeg, Ma
R3C 2G9 Canada

PHONE: 204-943-2989
FAX: 204-943-7196