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Taiko Drumming

'Tai' means 'pot-bellied' and 'Ko' means drum. This awe-inspiring Japanese drumming style is thousands of years old, having made its way up through the Asian mainland of Korea and China until creating its own voice in Japan in the form of TAIKO.

There are similarities with Chinese Luogu drumming in the use of onomatopoeic words to trigger rhythmic patterns and responses from the ensemble. The raw energy and choreography of the movements, along with the exclusive use of drums and no other instruments, makes this distinctly Japanese.

Taiko drumming is performed at festivals, such as harvest festivals. It was used to drive away pests from the land to help ensure a good harvest. It was also used as a means of communicating strategy in battle and for intimidation to ward away enemy invasions. Nowadays it is performed more for entertainment, as an art-form, and as an homage to Japanese culture.

The drum is a revered instrument in Japan and must be played with full respect to please the spirits. For children of all ages, Taiko is very pleasing, to the performer, to the audience and for the soul. A great experience and a 'must-do' on the list of world drumming.

“Thank you very much for the workshops you ran on Monday. The Taiko drumming in particular was commented on by several members of staff!”
Frances Baker, Halstead Prep Sch, Surrey.