The National Nikkei Museum and Heritage Center in Burnaby has long been a bastion of the local Japanese Canadian community, with a mandate to promote better understanding and appreciation by all Canadians of Japanese Canadian culture and heritage.
On September 10th the Center invites everyone to celebrate with their Kizuna Exhibit and 10th anniversary, which marks an incredible milestone in the contribution of Japanese Canadians to Canadian society through programs, exhibits, publications, services and events.
Performing for the event will be an impressive list of artists and musicians as well as ensembles. This includes Carolyn Chan, Mark Takeshi McGregor, Yota Kobayashi, and Katari Taiko.
Mark McGregor, a flutist, has won numerous honors at Young Artists competitions. He is described as a musician of “huge physical energy,” and his performances have received considerable critical acclaim, being described by the press as “mind-blowing” and “verging on the superhuman.”
Katari Taiko is a well-established Taiko drumming collective in the BC area, with the goal of developing a form of Asian Canadian culture incorporating discipline, physical strength, grace, and musical creativity.
Yota Kobayashi, an electro-acoustic composer, has an interest in writing music that navigates imaginary soundscapes. Having studied music composition at Simon Fraser, he teaches electronic music at Langara College, while focusing on creating electro-acoustic “tone poems” in mixed media pieces.
Additionally, there will be appetizers served, along with a cash bar. Tickets can be purchased for $10, while members of the Museum have free admittance. Please call 604-777-7000 for more information!