Taiko Drummer Kumiko Suzuki To Give Free Performance At Kokoro Exhibition
On Saturday 23rd June from 15.30 at The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court within the grounds of Somerset House in London, professional Taiko drummer and member of The Sounds of Japan (a collection of professional and established Japanese musicians and performers), Kumiko Suzuki will be giving a free live performance to celebrate the exhibition Kokoro: The Art of Horiyoshi III which runs until 1 July.
Come and hear the thunderous sound of Taiko drums and witness Kumiko’s electrifying, energetic act.
Born in Kawaguchi, Saitama, Japan. Kumiko joined her local Taiko group when she was 10 years old. She learnt Hatsuuma-Taiko which is her local traditional art and entertainment. She was the principal Taiko drummer in the group.
Kumiko came to London at 1997. She joined Joji Hirota and Taiko drummers group in 2001. She has diversified to a modern style of taiko drumming. In her career to date she has collaborated with lots of great artists including Roger Taylor (Queen), Taylor Hawkins (FOO Fighters), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) at Live Earth (Wembley Stadium) 2007, Midge Ure (Ultravox) at WOMAD S.Korea 2005, Kenny Endo (Taiko Master in Hawaii), John Kaizan Neptune (Shakuhachi Master ) 2006 etc.
She has performed and collaborated with all types of world music styles and artists at WOMAD UK 2003/2006/2010, WOMAD Spain 2002, WOMAD Adelaide and New Zealand 2008.
An American Tour 2003/2004, Brugge festival 2004/2007, Czech Tour with Cechomor 2007. Kumiko has performed worldwide in more than twenty different countries.
Kumiko has tried to pass on her knowledge and experiences through her Taiko workshops to Royal Shakspeare Company, Japanese Society and schools and organisations in the UK and Italy.
About the Kokoro exhibition:
Until 1 July 2012
Courtyard Rooms, South Wing
Kokoro means ‘heart’ in Japanese; it is the ‘feeling’, the ‘inner meaning’ that underpins the Japanese approach not only to art, but to Japanese life as a whole. It is what makes Japan quintessentially Japanese. With this selection of paintings by Irezumi master Horiyoshi III, it is hoped that you ‘feel’ Kokoro; leading you on a journey where the typical Japanese nature and legends take life in silk paintings and photographs.
Other activities include:
Art on the Line: A Brush with Style
Free Family Workshop: Precious Scrolls
For more details click here.