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Nagata Shachu takes families on a musical journey in Bang on a Drum! featuring the spectacular sound of the Japanese drum on Sunday, May 17, as part of HarbourKIDS: Impact!

TORONTO, Monday, April 27, 2009 — Music with Bite, Harbourfront Centre’s free concert series for families presents Bang on a Drum! featuring Nagata Shachu with their mesmerizing and heart-pounding performance on the Japanese drum (taiko). This performance takes place on Sunday, May 17, at 1pm, as part of HarbourKIDS: Impact! on the SIRIUS Satellite Radio Stage, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Music with Bite is a co-production with Jeunesses Musicales Ontario. Admission is free. For information, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit harbourfrontcentre.com/harbourkids.

Based in Toronto, Nagata Shachu (formerly Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble), has been captivating audiences since its formation in 1998. Combining thunderous, primal drumbeats with subtle, intricate rhythms, the ensemble is able to produce a wide spectrum of sound. Featuring a vast array of Japanese taiko (including the massive O-Daiko), gongs, bells, wooden clappers, shakers and bamboo flutes, Nagata Shachu takes audiences on a wonderful musical journey.

While rooted in the folk drumming traditions of Japan, Nagata Shachu’s principal aim is to rejuvenate this ancient art form by producing innovative and exciting music that seeks to create a new voice for the taiko. Taking its name from founder Kiyoshi Nagata, and shachu (an old term for a performing troupe), Nagata Shachu has become renowned for its exacting, straightforward yet physically demanding performances, as well as for its diverse repertoire. Their playing is the combination of unbounded spirit with the highest levels of musicianship and discipline. The result is an unforgettable experience that is both powerful in expression and heartfelt in its sincerity. The ensemble has toured widely throughout Canada, the US and Italy performing in theatres, concert halls, and major music festivals. (For more information on Nagata Shachu, visit nagatshachu.com.)

Music with Bite is a popular, ongoing feature of HarbourKIDS weekends. Bang on a Drum! is part of HarbourKIDS: Impact! (May 16-18), which celebrates all the ways kids can make an impact on the world around them. This action-packed weekend of non-stop fun showcases all kinds of cool stuff for kids to explore, see and do, including the death-defying feats of the Toronto International Circus Festival, co-produced with Zero Gravity Circus. World-class acrobats, blazing fire-eaters, side-splitting comedy, daredevil stunts, stilt-walkers, jugglers, balloon sculptors, the Natrel High Impact! Zone, plus tons of interactive activities await visitors of all ages at Harbourfront Centre’s celebration for kids who make a difference. Admission is free.

Music with Bite is a refreshing experience where children can enjoy an interactive music performance tailored for the youngest audience members. Concerts take place on select Sundays at 1 p.m. Music with Bite is a co-production with Jeunesses Musicales Ontario, which is affiliated with Jeunesses Musicales of Canada, who since 1949 has dedicated its work to musical excellence and the promotion of young artists and music for young people. Jeunesses Musicales of Canada is a member of Jeunesses Musicales International.

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

FOCUS: Pause
Harbourfront Centre wants you. to. slow. down. In a world where we are constantly bombarded with information and images, what happens when someone really takes the time to reflect? Through May, Harbourfront Centre wants you to pause and make a connection to art, recreation, the world. Find time for yourself by taking one of our Courses and Workshops; reflect while you wait for the World Stage curtain to rise; consider your IMPACT on the world at HarbourKIDS. Harbourfront Centre—time well spent.

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Media Contact:
Linda Liontis
416-973-4381
lliontis@harbourfrontcentre.com
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