A new interview is now available with taiko performer and percussionist Isaku Kageyama, in which we talk about his composition “Rei.” Visit the interview page to listen to the interview or download the mp3!
Good morning, everyone! We have uploaded to the TaikoSource YouTube page a video of the Sunday morning performances from the European Taiko Conference, when conference attendees came together to performance “Shimabayashi,” “Stepping Stones,” “Ready Set kaDon!,” and “Matsuri.” It was a great way to wrap up an amazing weekend. Enjoy!
Last weekend, Ben attended the European Taiko Conference! It was an amazing weekend, much of which we’re still processing – both figuratively AND literally!
Ben spent the weekend documenting the conference, taking pictures and videos of all the proceedings. Pictures from the weekend can be found on the TaikoSource Facebook and Flickr pages. We’ll also have a few videos up on our YouTube channel soon – for now, you can see the slideshow video Ben put together with pictures and videos from the weekend.
In advance of our trip to the UK next week to participate in the 1st European Taiko Conference, we’re pleased to announce the opening of our Instagram account!
We’ll be using this to document out taiko-related travels, as well as to share assorted taiko-related photos we’ve collected and will continue to collect. Please follow us, and we’ll be sure to do the same! (If your account is primarily taiko-related, that is 😉 )
Thanks go out to composer Jordan Tani for adding the complete score to his song “Kamaitachi” on the TaikoSource Song Database. If you haven’t checked out “Kamaitachi,” you’re in for a treat! Thanks again Jordan!
We’re pleased today to release a new interview, as once again we speak with Los Angeles Taiko Institute Head Instructor Kris Bergstrom. This time, we discuss his work “Jack Bazaar,” delving into the history, performance, and composition of this piece. Head over to the interview page to check it out!
We follow up the “Yatai-bayashi” article with an article about “Monochrome,” composed in 1976 for Ondekoza by Ishii Maki. Ishii brought together his Western art music compositional training and the festival music roots of Ondekoza, and created something unique to the taiko performance world. Nearly 40 years after its premiere, “Monochrome” remains a shining example of the melding of different musical and theatrical influences into a performance style meant for the concert stage.
After a brief time away, we’re back with new Taiko Music History articles! In fact, we have TWO new articles!
We begin with an article written by Ben and posted by Gastoncito San Cristobal on his website Esto Es Taiko, about the Ondekoza/Kodo staple “Yatai-bayashi.” In the article, Ben discusses the history of Ondekoza, of Chichibu Yatai-bayashi, and how this festival music became a staple of the taiko concert stage.
We now have a page on Tumblr! It’ll be helping to sync all of our various social media presences, both making it easier for us to post taiko-related tidbits but also giving you another way to find us. Follow the link to check it out!
We’re happy to announce the release of the next in the Music History article series. Today, we look at Kenny Endo’s “Symmetrical Soundscapes”! This piece not only was part of a movement towards solo taiko performance in the 1980s, but is a reflection of the diverse musical experiences brought into one by Kenny Endo, who this year is celebrating his 40th Anniversary of playing taiko!