The Way of the Drum
"The Way of the Drum" introduces the traditions of taiko in an accessible and entertaining concert. Taiko drumming has a long history in Japan from its roots within religious festivals, used to call the attention to the gods at Shinto ceremonies, to folk song, folk dance, and traditional theatre. These fascinating traditions are revealed to the audience in an accessible and entertaining concert, engaging the audience with dialogue and participation, in between the hard-hitting and powerful traditional taiko pieces.
The traditions of taiko are extremely varied, with each area of Japan developing their own unique style of playing. These different styles are introduced within the concert, with the stories behind them, as well as revealing the methods of construction of these beautiful hand-crafted instruments.
The concert is designed to be flexible and performed at small to medium-scale venues of every kind, from arts centres to school theatres, to village halls & community centres.