The Cultural Arts Center presents the Master Artist Series featuring Japanese Mark Rooney a lecture/practical on November 2nd at 11am. This event will be held in Theatre 2 from 11am to 12pm. This event is located at the Cultural Arts Center. To register for the event, visit  The event is free and open to the public.

Taiko, The Art of Japanese Drumming: Lecture and Practical with Mark H Rooney
Mark H Rooney studies, performs, and teaches taiko: a dynamic form of full-body drumming based in Japanese tradition. Mark combines that traditional foundation with a modern sensibility to create performances and classes that are full of energy, endurance, and excitement!

About the Artist 

Mark H Rooney – “the world’s most dangerous half-Japanese/half-Scottish solo improvisational taiko artist” – has been studying, performing, and teaching taiko for the past 20 years in the US, Japan and Europe. He was the Artistic Director of Odaiko New England, the founding instructor for Wesleyan University’s taiko program, and a touring member of Taikoza. Mark has collaborated with a wide variety of artists and groups including Tiger Okoshi, Opera unMet, UpRooted Dance, Arts on the Horizon, and ilyAIMY. He now lives in the Washington DC area, continuing with his mission: “taiko for all people at all levels.”


About Theatre 2 at the Cultural Arts Center: 

Theatre 2 is on the 2nd floor of the Cultural Arts Center on the west side of the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. The arts center is located off Georgia Avenue at 7995 Georgia Ave. Parking is available in the West Campus Garage, which is immediately behind the center. Additional parking is available in the East Campus Garage on Fenton Street with pedestrian access by a bridge and walking path.  For maps and directions, visit

Contact:                          Heather Brown (240) 567-1388

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Gallery Address:             The Cultural Arts Center

           7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910

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