Black Ships Festival Taiko Drum Concert

Cardines Field

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In a Nutshell

Odaiko New England demonstrates their percussive prowess with traditional Japanese drumming combined with eye-catching choreography

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The Deal

  • Taiko Drum Concert at Black Ships Festival
  • When: Sunday, July 19, at noon
  • Where: Cardines Field
  • General admission
  • Door time: noon

Ticketing Options

  • $10 for two tickets (up to $16 value)
  • $16 for four tickets (up to $32 value)

Taiko Drum Concert

  • What it is: a form of Japanese drumming with martial arts movements
  • Where it’s traditionally done: everywhere from Japanese celebrations to Shinto and Buddhist rituals
  • What it represents: the voice and spirit of the Japanese, the various sounds of nature, human heartbeats
  • What it does: unites listeners by transcending religion, age, gender, class, and the use of cymbals
  • Who’s drumming: members of Odaiko New England, a Japanese drumming group that formed in 1994, and ShinDaiko, an ensemble based in the Greater Boston area
  • What they’re wearing: colorful Japanese garb, which swirls through the air and catches the eye during bone-shaking thumps with intricate choreography

Black Ships Festival

The Black Ships Festival is more than a yearly event—it’s a commemoration. Specifically, it celebrates the end of Japan’s isolationism from the United States, which became official after Newport’s own Commodore Perry negotiated the Treaty of Kanagawa in 1854. The treaty allowed foreign ships, or “Black Ships,” to traverse between the two nations for trading purposes. During the annual four-day festival, this global friendship comes to life in the form of calligraphy demonstrations, tea ceremonies, memorial ceremonies, a Sushi Sake Sail, and the stirring taiko drum concert.

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