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Za Ondekoza - Japanese Drumming Group
 
 
Date: 23 November 2007 (Friday)
 

The Department of Japanese Studies in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures is pleased to present a performance by:

ZA ONDEKOZA – JAPANESE DRUMMING GROUP
RUNNING, BEATING AND DANCING ON THE EARTH

Date: November 23, 2007 (Friday)
Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Venue: Sun Yat-sen Place HKU

Za Ondekoza, or demon drum group, was founded in 1969 by Mr. Den Tagayasu. The drummers’ performances aim to reflect the concept of ‘Sogakuron’, which literally means ‘running’ and ‘music’, and usually combine feats of human endurance with high intensity taiko drumming, symbolizing the drama and energy of life on Earth.
 
The group members are currently based at the foot of Mt. Fuji in Shizuoka Prefecture but they have performed all over the world. Za Ondekoza made their American debut in 1975, performing immediately after participating in the Boston Marathon. Between 1990 and 1993, the group spent three years running and drumming around the United States, beginning and ending their journey with shows at Carnegie Hall in New York. By the time they returned to New York, they had performed 355 times and run for 1,071 days, covering approximately 14,910 km (9,200 miles).

Between 1998 and 2000, Za Ondekoza toured around China, starting their self-titled ‘Long Journey’ in Shanghai and passing through several major cities, including Hong Kong and Kunming, before ending it in Xian, having covered a total distance of roughly 12,500 km (7,700 miles). The group plans to start a new Chinese tour in 2008, aiming to arrive in Shanghai in time to perform at the 2010 World Expo.  

During their brief stay in Hong Kong to help celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR, Za Ondekoza will also stage two performances at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall on Saturday 24 November.

The performance is free and will last around one hour. All are welcome.
For enquiries, please contact Ms Lucilla Cheng at 2859-2000 or luci@hkucc.hku.hk

 
 
     
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