Japanese Festival Drums at 2 OCL branches

 TOMS RIVER–   Many believe drums were the first musical instruments developed by people.  A hollowed out log produced a sound that could deliver messages, inspire courage or fear, and unite a community in its thoughts and actions.

 Ocean County Library will present Japanese Festival Drums, in a family program, at two locations Saturday May 5 to celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.  The first performance will be held at the Point Pleasant Borough branch at 11 a.m. and the second at the Toms River branch at 2 p.m.

 With power, grace, pulse and driving rhythms, this aural and visual performance combines the taiko drums with the shakuhachi and fue (both bamboo flutes) along with the koto (a 13-stringed instrument) to provide a rare and unforgettable treat for American ears.

 The two programs are sponsored in part with funding from an OceanFirst Foundation Arts and Cultural Grant and the Ocean County Library Foundation.

 They are free and open to the public but registration is required.  To register, visit the library Web site www.theoceancountylibrary.org or telephone the operator at (732) 349-6200 or (609) 971-0514.

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