Ben Pachter Lectures on Taiko Drumming

pachter_large.jpg Ethnomusicology graduate student Ben Pachter will give a lecture on Japanese group taiko drumming titled "Big Drum, Small World" as part of Pitt's Outside the Classroom Curriculum. Pachter's talk is sponsored by Asian Studies Center and takes place at Monday, March 2 at 6 p.m. in 4130 Posvar Hall. Abstract: Since its emergence in the 1950s, kumidaiko, or Japanese group taiko drumming, has taken the world by storm. Coming out of a long tradition of performance at shrines and in festivals, it has evolved into a performance style equally at home on stage and in religious ceremonires. Kumidaiko is played around the workd by people of all backgrounds, and has been featured at venues as varued as Walt Disney World and Olympic Opening Ceremonies. Co-presented by Asian Studies Center and Outside the Classroom Curriculum. For more information, please contact Jennifer Murawski at or 412-383-3062.