Taiko Peace: Inspiring Personal and Social Change through the spirit of the drum
August 25, 2017, 7-8:30pm
Location: Walter Hall, U of T Faculty of Music
FREE public forum
Taiko Peace is a creative initiative to promote a culture of peace (inner and outer) and to expand our awareness to shift our world to one of cooperation instead of competition, compassion instead of insensitivity, and sustainability instead of exploitation.
Taiko Peace, created by PJ Hirabayashi, is a movement, mindset, and mantra dedicated to unleash creativity, spark new connections of co-creativity, and heal the human spirit through the dynamic energy of taiko drumming. It is inspired by Karen Armstrong’s Charter for Compassion, a document supported by leading thinkers from many traditions that activates the Golden Rule around the world. Seeking to amplify positive social change through personal transformation, TaikoPeace targets heart-centered and gratitude-conscious individuals, taiko players and non-taiko players alike, and especially musicians, dancers, writers, and artists of all genres and walks of life.
PJ Hirabayashi is the Artistic Director Emeritus, former Artistic Director, and founding member of San Jose Taiko (SJT), a world-class performing ensemble of taiko drummers. She is a pioneer of North American taiko, recognized in the international taiko community for her distinctive performance and teaching style that combines movement, dance, drumming, fluidity, joy, and energy.
With over 40 years experience as a taiko drumming musician, artist, composer, dancer, educator, and visionary in this music genre, PJ has a wealth of knowledge and inspiring stories that she shares through this public forum.