New Music History Article: O-Daiko

After a long delay, we’re happy to announce the release of the next TaikoSource Music History Article: “O-daiko”! In this article, we explore the history of this iconic piece, revealing its origins in festival drumming, the manner in which this drumming was fused with visual influences from the movies, and how Hayashi Eitetsu further worked to create something original for Ondekoza. Visit the page to check it out!

New Interview with Eien Hunter-Ishikawa Now Available

We’re pleased to announce the release with our next interview, with musician and educator Eien Hunter-Ishikawa.

In this interview, we talk with Eien about his performance background, moving between different musical spheres, and the cats of composition and collaboration.

Visit the Interview page to listen to the interview or download the mp3 of our conversation.

European Taiko Conference

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.

Announcing Our New Instagram Page

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 😉 )

New Taiko Music History Article: Monochrome

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.

New Taiko Music History Article: Yatai-bayashi

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.