Diners in the Student Center enjoyed a lunchtime performance by The Taiko Masala Drum Ensemble, featuring traditional Japanese music. Founded by master drummer Hiro Kurashima, Taiko Masala performs at concerts, festivals, museums and schools. In addition to drums, their programs include wind and string instruments, such as the shakuhachi, fue, and koto, as well as dancing. One of the musical pieces the Brooklyn-based group performed was appropriately titled “G Train” (pictured above).
The Ensemble was invited to perform as part of the Hofstra Cultural Center conference Asia Transforming: Old Values and New Presences, to address how ongoing economic, social and political transformations have challenged present-day perceptions of Asian cultural identities.
Conference events continue through tomorrow, including an opening reception at 4:30 p.m. today for the Hofstra University Museum exhibitions Past Traditions/New Voices in Asian Art and Exploring the Centuries: 3rd-20th Century Asian Art.