Japan's Premier Solo Taiko Drummer
with Eitetsu Fu-Un no Kai
Guest: Makoto Takei (Shinobue / Shakuhachi)
A truly captivating blend of contemplative tranquillity and explosive emotion from Japan
"Each beat of the drum has to go deep. It has to arouse in the audience a boundless feeling, stretching back through time. What I am pursuing is a sound that embodies Nature, one that is both awe-inspiring yet serene" – Eitetsu Hayashi
"The fire of his music magically pulled us into a world of Nature and art... The whole hall was vibrating... A trance gave way to a standing ovation" – Die Welt
A National Treasure of Japan, Hiroshima-born Eitetsu Hayashi is one of the founders and lead performers of internationally renowned Sado-Ondekoza and Kodo. In 1984, he made his Carnegie Hall début with the American Symphony Orchestra. Since then, his solo career has frequently taken him around the world and across five continents. Hayashi has originated a unique and emotive O-Daiko (big drum) solo style, with his mesmerising sound spectacles leaping beyond traditional Taiko drum performances in technique, physical stamina and expressive range. Hayashi has appeared with top orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He is also the first Taiko soloist to have performed at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Hall. Hayashi received Japan's prestigious 47th Education Minister's Art Encouragement Prize in 1997 and the 8th Award for Promotion of Traditional Japanese Culture from the Japan Arts Foundation in 2001.
In Hong Kong, Hayashi will perform with his accomplished ensemble, Eitetsu Fu-Un no Kai, and bamboo-wind maestro Makoto Takei, who has previously worked with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Yo-Yo Ma. The concerts feature a stirring programme of five works heard here for the first time, three of which are Hayashi's own pieces, displaying the talent of this Taiko legend to the full.