Fukushima youth drum troupe to play U.S.

Jan 29, 2016

Fukushima youth drum troupe to play U.S.

A taiko drum ensemble of young performers from disaster-stricken Fukushima Prefecture are busy sharpening their thunderous drumbeats as they prepare for their upcoming performance scheduled for March 22 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Almost five years after the catastrophe, members of the Yamakiya Taiko group ...

Tao takes an innovative approach to drum shows

Jan 14, 2016

Tao takes an innovative approach to drum shows

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The slogan goes, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” Drum troupe Tao, however, thinks a successful show in Sin City could be the springboard to bigger things around the world. The globe-trotting wadaiko (Japanese drum) performance group has entertained some 6.5 million people ...

Inside the kingdom of Kodo

Nov 12, 2014

Inside the kingdom of Kodo

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As world leaders in the performing art of Japanese drumming, Kodo state on their website that their mission is: “To explore the limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese drum, the taiko (aka wadaiko), and to forge new directions for this vibrant living art form.” ...

Playing to the beat of the gods

Mar 17, 2013

Playing to the beat of the gods

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TAIKO BOOM: Japanese Drumming in Place and Motion, by Shawn Bender. University of California Press, 2012, 259?pp., $29.95 (paperback) No one can fail to be impressed by a live performance of Japanese drumming, the primal elements of stretched animal skin and wood striking a ...