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Celtic Connections at the Glad Cafe: Issho Drummers from Taiko to Txalaparta

Celtic Connections at the Glad Cafe: Issho Drummers from Taiko to Txalaparta

Issho will combine intricate patterns, voice, gongs, bag-pipes and found sounds to create an evening ranging from subtle meditative moments through to eye watering intensity utilising the beautiful wooden tones of the txalaparta and the low stomach-rumbling bass of the Taiko drums.
 
Japanese Taiko  drumming is largely associated with it’s more tumultuousness and energetic playing style but issho are known for their experimental approach to rhythm and have over the years  teased out a wide range of tones and textures whilst composing some very intricate and complex arrangements for it. The less well known Txalaparta is a unique instrument both in its sound and its visual playing style – it is an instrument designed for two players interlocking rhythms to mesmerizing effect. it’s roots as in the taiko drum go back thousands of years.
 
Issho are very lucky to be joined by Nerea Bello a remarkable vocalist in her own right and hailing from The Basque Country Nerea is also a wonderful Txalaparta player. We are also very happy to include piper Donald lyndsay in our line-up, Donald will play Basque and Japanese melodies as well as offering, squeeks, drones and visual splendor with his home made multi coloured set of small-pipes  We will also incorporate some beautiful Chinese gongs and hand held bells as well as found sounds and performing objects.