2021-2022 Concert Season “Saiki”

2021-2022 Concert Season “Saiki”

Nagata Shachu proudly presents its 2021-2022 concert season “Saiki” (Stand Again) with three unique offerings for everyone.  Our season is sponsored by Marty Kobayashi (iA Private Wealth) and Air Canada.

Concert 1 – Odd Times livestream watch pary.
Thursday, March 24 @ 8 pm
Interact members of Nagata Shachu as we view together a pre-recorded performance of its latest concert “Odd Times” (a reference to the odd times we live in, as well as some of the odd meters of songs performed in this concert!). This concert will be available on demand for five days following the premiere to all ticket holders.
Tickets: https://oddtimes.eventbrite.ca

Concert 2 – “Kaze” (Wind) in collaboration with Toki Tatara
Sunday, May 1 @ 7 pm
Kobayashi Hall, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
Nagata Shachu Japanese Taiko and Music Group and the JCCC proudly present “Kaze” featuring master bamboo flutist from Japan, Toki Tatara. Marking the first concert at Kobayashi Hall since the pandemic, Toronto’s own Nagata Shachu will collaborate with Tatara in a performance that will seamlessly combine the worlds of shinobue (bamboo flute), taiko, and the three-stringed shamisen while exploring new possibilities for these traditional instruments.

Born in Kyoto, Tatara has spent her musical life in the research of bamboo flutes. She actively composes and performs many of her own works, having cultivated both Japanese traditional and Western classical techniques. In pursuit of the full potential of the shinobue which is somewhat nostalgic in the souls of the Japanese people, Tatara performs music that touches upon the hearts of this generation. Tatara has recorded several CDs and is the Director of the Japan Shinobue Association, professor at Okayama Niimi Public University, and shinobue music club instructor at the Ueno Gakuen Music University.


Concert 3 – MA | The Space Between Us
Sunday, May 22 @ 7 pm
Al Green Theatre, 750 Spadina Ave.
Don’t miss Nagata Shachu’s season finale featuring an exhilarating collaboration with Sashar Zarif, an internationally renowned Irani/Azarbaijani performing artist, educator, and researcher. Zarif’s award-winning, multi-disciplinary dance projects are steeped in the artistry and history of traditional, ritualistic, and contemporary dance and music of the Central Asian, Middle Eastern, and North African regions. 

MA in Japanese means ‘space’. In Japan, the negative space in a drawing or between notes holds equal importance to what is seen or heard.  MA in Fasi means ‘us’ or ‘union’.  Together, Nagata Shachu in collaboration with Zarif,  will create an original contemporary work that draws from ancient rituals and traditions.

Tickets: https://ma-space.eventbrite.ca

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