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The Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble takes families on a musical journey with thundering drums on Sunday, March 26

Toronto, March 9, 2006óWith their vast array of Japanese taiko drums, gongs, bells, wooden clappers, shakers and bamboo flutes, the Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble takes audiences on a musical journey beyond all borders. The dynamic performance, part of the Music with Bite concert series, takes place on Sunday, March 26, at 1 p.m., at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Admission is free. For information, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit

Based in Toronto, the Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble has enthralled audiences with its mesmerizing and thrilling performances on the Japanese drum (taiko) since its formation in 1998. Under the direction of Kiyoshi Nagata, the ensemble combines thunderous, primal drumbeats with subtle, intricate rhythms to produce a wide spectrum of sound. The ensemble features Kiyoshi Nagata (taiko, shinobue and shakuhachi), Scott Kokichi Kusano (taiko, shinobue and shakuhachi), Heidi Chan (taiko and shinobue), Aki Takahashi (taiko, vocals and shamisen), Eddie Yuji Kishibe (taiko) and Kyoko Ogoda (taiko).

Music with Bite, part of ZOOM! Family Sundays, is a refreshing, interactive experience in which children can sit up close to the artists and, after the concert, ask questions, while enjoying a complimentary Natrel milk beverage and cookies. Music with Bite is a co-production with Jeunesses Musicales Ontario, an organization dedicated to musical excellence and the promotion of young artists and music for young people.

Music with Bite is produced with the support of the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council.

Is beauty defined by personal tastes or perspectives or can we apply some universal standards? From January through May 2006, Harbourfront Centre invites audiences to examine the idea of beauty through various events and programmes. Beauty is part of an ongoing exploration of ideas-based programming at Harbourfront Centre.


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