Inside the kingdom of Kodo

Nov 12, 2014

Inside the kingdom of Kodo

by Nobuko Tanaka

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

by Stephen Mansfield

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 ...