Listen and Learn at Penn Hills Library

On Saturday, May 11, Pittsburgh Taiko will give an hour-long presentation at Penn Hills Library. This is a mixed show and tell program - in between performing, we'll give you some basic taiko history and culture, and answer your questions. 

Pittsburgh Taiko members posed with drums at a community performance. Photo by Mary Jane Bent.

When: Saturday, May 11, 1:00 pm
Where: Penn Hills Library, 1037 Stotler Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15235
Who: All ages
Cost: Free! Learn more and register at the library website.

We'll perform several of our favorite pieces, and you'll get to learn more about taiko history and practice, including: 

  • Taiko's origins in Japan and role in modern Japanese culture
  • How taiko came to North America
  • How drums are constructed
  • How we learn taiko "songs"
  • Why we're wearing those funny shoes!

We usually do this kind of program at school visits, so this is a rare opportunity for the general public to experience more than a performance. 

The program is free, but preregistration is encouraged. Visit the library website to reserve a spot!  

(Update - our shakuhachi player can't make it after all - but we'll have shinobue flutes and plenty of other cool things to demonstrate!)

Listen and Learn at Penn Hills Library