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The Shumei Taiko Ensemble has performed throughout the world at such events and venues as Lincoln Center, the World Business Conference, the Japanese-European Electric Communications Forum, the United Nations' 50th Anniversary Meeting, and the Parliament of the World's Religions. The group also gives bi-annual concerts in Japan on August 1 and December 31.

Among the artists with whom the Ensemble has shared the stage are the famed kabuki actor Ganjiro Nakamura, the trumpeter Terumasa Hino, and Paul Winter. The group's performances have been released as TV programs: "Oto Junrei" ("Sound Pilgrimage") produced by NHK, and "Nina temple" aired by Kyoto TV.

Highlights of Past Concerts:

New York City, USA, June 1996: The Ensemble gave a concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in connection with the opening of the exhibition "Ancient Art from the Shumei Family Collection".

Los Angeles, USA, November 1996
The group gave performances at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to honor the opening of the exhibition "Ritual and Splendor: Treasures from the Shumei Family Collection".

Shigaraki, Japan, June 1997: The Ensemble played throughout the Miho Museum grand opening celebrations.

New York City, USA, 1998: A number of concerts took place at various venues, including the Fountain Plaza at Lincoln Center, St John the Divine Cathedral, the Church Center of the United Nations, and at an interfaith service at St. Bartholomew's Church.

Cape Town, South Africa, December 1999: The Ensemble performed at the celebrations surrounding the meeting of the Parliament of World Religions and the World Sacred Music Festival. During these events, the group had the honor of performing for His Holiness, the Dalai Lama XIV, South Africa's President Nelson Mandela, and for the people of a local township.

New York City, USA, August 2000:The Ensemble opened the United Nation's World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders. While in New York City, they also performed at Colombia University and a high school in Harlem.

Bethlehem, PA, USA, September 2000: The Ensemble was featured with Paul Winter and the Paul Winter Consort in a benefit concert entitled "An Affair with Nature" at Lehigh University, Zoeliner Arts Center, Baker Hall. The proceeds from this concert benefited the expansion of The Rodale Institute's "Kid's Re-Generation" 2000 Educational Programs.