Wednesday 5 January 2011

drummers drumming

on the twelfth day of Christmas,

the High Energy Drums of Japan

Traditional Japanese Music – Kodo Ibuki Taiko Drums

Yamato – The Drums of Japan: The ancient Japanese art of Taiko drumming is being rejuvenated by a group of men and women who combine music and dance from the ancestral Japanese beliefs about the power of the drum.

Taiko drumming has been part of Japanese culture for hundreds of years, with its roots originating during religious festivals and ceremonies at temples and shrines. During feudal times in Japan, taiko drums were often used to set cadence on marches, motivate troops, or to announce orders, similar to a drum and bugle corps.

The eleven piece group blend drums, theater and musical arts into a performance of tightly synchronized percussion mixed with explosive solos.  Using the koto (the 13-string Japanese zither) and three-string shamisen (a Japanese lute) along with cymbals, gongs, flutes, and a series of drums ranging from six inches to six feet across. Yamato was founded in 1993 in Nara, Japan, known as the birthplace of Japanese culture. The term Yamato is the original name of Japan.

{Images Kodo Ibuki Taiko Drums via The DC Traveler}


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