“Traditionalism and spectacle merged in Dulsori…. Huge drums placed overhead, along with flutes…. Deep, pounding rhythms derived from outdoor farmers’ festivals that could probably be heard in the next village.” – New York Times
(at Baltimore Avenue)
Philadelphia, PA 19143
The Arrastão do Dendê was formed in 2000 by Dendê Macêdo, an Afro-Brazilian percussionist from Salvador, Bahia. As a long-time member of Timbalada, one of Bahia’s leading bands, Dendê has peformed extensively throughout Brazil, Asia, Europe and the US.
In Bahia, an arrastão is a group of percussionists that parades during Carnaval and other street parties, playing traditional Afro-Brazilian rhythms on timbals, surdos, baqurinhas, and occasionally trumpets and trombones.
The Arrastão do Dendê performs traditional Afro-Brazilian rhythms as well as his own. With members from Brazil as well as many other countries from around the world, the group, accompanied by singers and dancers, has been featured in performances throughout New York and Philadelphia, including the Copacabana, BAMCafe, SOBs, Galapagos, Walker Stage and New York City’s Halloween Parade.
Founded in 2005, Founded in 2005, KyoDaiko is a community-based taiko drumming group associated with the Shofuso Japanese House & Garden in Fairmount Park.
Taiko is simply the Japanese word for “drum” and many of the instruments used in modern taiko have been used in Japanese music (as well as for military and ceremonial purposes) for centuries. However, in English it is often used to describe kumi-daiko, a type of ensemble developed in the 1950s that drew on and attempted to revitalize a variety of regional, classical, and ceremonial traditions. In the late 1960s, community taiko groups also became and continue to be an important expression of community identity and solidarity among Japanese Americans.
Kyo Daiko performs regularly at schools and community events, and has performed at Phillies Games, Stanford University in California, and Washington DC’s National Cherry Blossom Festival.
Dulsori is a Korean ensemble whose music is based in traditional percussion but also incorporates other Korean instruments and modern elements. Currently in residence at the Won Institute in Glenside, they have toured in China, Africa, and Europe and are planning more extensive US touring in the future. We hope to welcome them for a full performance soon, but couldn’t resist adding a brief guest set this season.