Daily Archives: February 2, 2010

Taiko – The First Sounds of Life

Taiko drums, which most people associate with Japan, actually came to the island nation from China via Korea sometime between 500 BC – 300 AD. While I find western music drum solos with their snares and cymbals¬† quite boring, there is a primitive, atavistic quality to Taiko. Evidenced by Eitetsu Hayashi, founding member and the premier performer of the world-renowned groups “SADO-ONDEKOZA” and “KODO”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpmLzgdx5XM

What does it take to become a Taiko drummer? I’m afraid embedding of the following videos has been disabled on YouTube but you can see them by clicking on the link.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qnq4hHv61DY

Taiko has spread beyond the shores of Japan to all corners of the globe…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqPciaTYfcg

Embedded memory from the womb. . .and you can hear it embedded here, too:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCccPGtjaCU

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