Rhythm is like a heartbeat. The heartbeat-like vibe gives percussion a sense of humanness and familiarity. Even from infancy, human instinct is to hit and strike. Perhaps, that is what makes percussion music lively and spirited.
To Ju Percussion Group, Taiwan is where their roots lie, but the world is their stage. With their passion for percussion and the performing arts, the ensemble has ventured to 33 countries and regions across the world, and has performed on more than 3,000 occasions. The first professional percussion group in Taiwan, Ju Percussion was founded in 1986 in a Taipei hot pot restaurant. It was at the time, when the ensemble’s new members stopped at a phone booth and called the receptionist at their office to ask: “Are we dreaming?” Over those 30+ years, Ju Percussion has quietly worked hard within the community, revolutionizing the way the Taiwanese public think of percussion music. With their diverse range of instruments – from Western percussion to Chinese gong-drums to Nanguan/Beiguan music – the group showcases their internationally-renowned skills at a range of grand annual performances and brand-new productions.
Due to their immense devotion to the percussion arts, Ju Percussion has spearheaded the development of contemporary percussion music in Taiwan, where more than 130,000 students are learning through the system. Moreover, the group has shaped Taiwan into one of the world’s major centers for percussion development, establishing the Taipei International Percussion Convention (TIPC). In 2009, the Artistic Director of Ju Percussion, Tzong-Ching Ju, was the recipient of a special award from the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) for his devotion to the percussion arts, and in 2016, was recognized in the PAS’ Hall of Fame – the first from Asia to be inducted.
This summer, are you ready for a thrilling performance of rhythmic mastery? Ju Percussion and their exhilarating percussion music are coming to North America, letting everyone hear their heartbeat amongst the drums!
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