Quest has no shortage of eclectic shows and events and Uzume Taiko’s appearance at Quest was certainly a re-enforcement of that fact. Performing to a packed house in the Multi Purpose Room, Uzume Taiko’s blend of traditional Japanese culture with Canadian and other worldly influences was an awesome display of talent, overstated expression, enthusiasm, and a true enjoyment for what they were doing. This event also demonstrated the growing trend of Quest’s increasing integration into the Squamish community, as the audience consisted mostly of faces I didn’t recognize rather than those of the ever-familiar student body.
Unlike many musical performances, this one was as much visual as it was auditory. The three members jumped, danced, shouted, swapped positions, and threw in as many pieces of comedy as they could throughout their time on stage. Even off stage, they were hilarious, doing bits from behind the curtain as well. They also taught us a few of the nuances of their craft, including the composition process, which has verbal descriptions and notations of rhythms and instrumentation rather than written ones. They even created one of their drums themselves, built from a repurposed wine barrel.
Hopefully, we will see more performances like Uzume Taiko in Quest’s future. It was amazing to have such a cool group of people perform here and I’m excited to see the trend of impressive musical displays continue as spring takes hold.