Toronto taiko drum ensemble Nagata Shachu will present their latest work, ‘Work Songs’ / ‘Shigoto Uta’ at the Enwave Theatre in Toronto on November 10 and 11.
“In Japan there is a saying, ‘Where there is work, there is song.’ Such songs, often cheerful and uplifting, were used to help pass the time of day as well as to coordinate the efforts of a group of workers,” Kiyoshi Nagata, a noted taiko soloist and artistic director, said in a statement, explaining this year’s theme.
The cast of performers for this year’s performance include Nagata, Aki Takahashi, Scott Kusano, Akemi Akachi, Tony Nguyen and Heidi Chan.
NS uses taiko drums, flutes, shamisen, voice, movement and colourful costumes for their compositions, which pay tribute to the traditional labourers, farmers, fishermen, woodcutters and carpenters of Japan.
The group is currently in the studio preparing for the release of their sixth album in 2013.
For a sample of what to expect, check out the video below;