World Wide Wednesdays@Chelmsford presents:

Odaiko New England
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
at 6:30 p.m.
Concert will be inside because of the possibility of thunder storms
at the Senior Center
at 75 Groton Road, North Chelmsford

Odaiko New England (ONE) is a performing group that weaves the traditional elements of taiko with contemporary influences to create a constantly evolving and dynamic art form. Odaiko's mission statement speaks to that commitment:

“Odaiko New England" (ONE), at the forefront of creativity and excellence in the living art form of American taiko, harnesses the transformative power of the Japanese drum through performance and education to bring diverse communities together, promote positive images of Asian American culture, and celebrate our multicultural society.”

According to Odaiko, "Rhythm is a way to seek a connection between the individual and the "universe." In ancient times, drumming was in the provenance of individuals revered and valued in the community: shamans, elders, and priests. These “keepers of the rhythm" were important members of the community who were consulted for truth, healing, advice and often for a look into the future.

Odaiko New England as “keepers of rhythm” seeks to revitalize the importance of culture and music in community building through their continued quest for innovation and excellence in creating the new tradition of American taiko.

Visit Odaiko's website at http://onetaiko.org/index.shtml for more information

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 978-256-5521, ext 214.