Eitetsu Hayashi - Taiko Legend

© Sakae Oguma

© Sakae Oguma

Eitetsu Hayashi is one of the legendary taiko drummers in Japan. He and his taiko ensemble EITETSU FU-UN no KAI, along with shakuhachi flute master Makoto Takei will be in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, 26th February and Wednesday, 29th February. Both events are open to the public.

Eitetsu Hayashi's career started as a founding member and principal performer of internationally renowned taiko groups Sado-Ondekoza and Kodo, and began his solo activities in 1982. He originated a unique and emotive o-daiko (big drum) solo style and created a new style of taiko performance that goes beyond the traditional styles. He's managed to fuse the taiko drum with other genres; from classical, jazz, rock, modern music and world music to dance.

In 1984, Hayashi made his debut with the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, as the first-ever solo taiko performer. Since then, he has been touring around the world, collaborating with variety of artists including the world’s top orchestras. He has garnered distinguished reviews and the highest acclaims as one and only taiko soloist in contemporary music scene.

"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

Event details

Abu Dhabi
Sunday, 26th February, 8.00pm - 9.30pm at the National Theatre (next to Abu Dhabi TV)

Wednesday, 29th February, 8.00pm - 9.30pm at The Dubai Culture and Scientific Association (Mamzar Theatre)

Location maps available here.