EXPERIENCE THE ELECTRIFYING PERFORMANCE OF LEONARD ETO, THE LEGEND OF INNOVATIVE TAIKO!
Leonard Eto is one of the most accomplished and innovative contemporary taiko players, whose vision and creativity have deeply influenced the way taiko is performed and viewed in the world today. The distinctive hallmarks of his playing are the fluidity and luminous, dance-like quality; the coexistence of power and effortlessness, and the immense joy expressed in his music and performance. In 1984, Leonard joined the Japanese taiko drum group Kodo and soon became the principal player, organizer, musical director and composer. In 1992, Leonard left Kodo to pursue a solo career. His quest gradually evolved from collaborative activities, travelling to perform in over 55 countries. He continues to challenge his own technical and expressive skills, and has developed the freedom and spontaneity to communicate with any musical style.
FREE ADMISSION FOR ALL PERFORMANCES
17 FEBRUARY | 4:30PM
JFF 2023 – UPFI Cine Adarna
UP Film Center, Osmeña Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
18 FEBRUARY | 12:30PM
Japan Fiesta – Glorietta Activity Center
Glorietta Mall, East Drive, Ayala Center, Makati City
23 FEBRUARY | 11:00AM
PHSA Tanghalang Maria Makiling
NAC Theater Philippine High School for the Arts, Mt. Makiling, Los Banos, Laguna
25 FEBRUARY | 4:20 PM with special guest Tusa Montes
Nihongo Fiesta – Shangri-la Plaza Atrium
Shaw Blvd, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
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Guest Performer Tusa Montes
Tusa Montes is a percussionist, ethnomusicologist, and educator who specializes in the musics of the Philippines, Asia, West Africa, and Latin America. She graduated in 2012 with a MM Musicology degree at the University of the Philippines College of Music. She taught at the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music for 10 years and is currently a Senior Lecturer at the UP College of Music. She has performed in various festivals in the Philippines and abroad, with notable local and international musicians such as Edsel Gomez, Dana Leong, Joe Bataan, Royal Hartigan, Bob Aves, Grace Nono, and Bo Razon.
This program is presented by the Japan Foundation, Manila and supported by JTI Philippines and Japan Airlines.
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