Pounding Hooves

Composer: Rick Shiomi
Composition Date: 1997
License: (c)1997 Rick Shiomi. All rights reserved. Use with Permission. For use permission and song learning resources, please contact composer at:  https://www.facebook.com/rick.shiomi

About

Pounding Hooves was first performed in 1997 by Minnesota-based taiko group, Mu Daiko, and had been a favorite repertoire piece of this group throughout their 20-year history. Composer Rick Shiomi describes the song: Imagine a wide-open field with horses slowly gathering at first, but then forming together, gliding over the terrain in a wild, yet effortlessly powerful gallop with the wind blowing back their manes and tails. Why are they running? For the sheer joy of it.

This is one of those taiko songs that’s simple in its structure, but you’d never know on hearing it. Pounding Hooves is not too hard to learn, accommodates a wide range of taiko skills, has plenty of room for individual as well as group growth, and is always an audience (and performer) favorite.

Videos

Mu Daiko, Pounding Hooves (DVD: In Concert, no.2) — Hooves 2, arrangement Jennifer Weir.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-juklkUk-Y

Files

For use permission and song learning resources, please contact composer at:  https://www.facebook.com/rick.shiomi

See Also

Full Circle Theater Company
https://www.facebook.com/fullcircletheater

TaikoArts Midwest
https://www.taikoartsmidwest.org

Michinoku

Composer: Mitsuaki Sato
Arrangement: Sousaku Wadaiko Komanokai
Composition Date: June 30, 2011
License: (c)2011 Mitsuaki Sato. All rights reserved. Commercial use and reproduction of the score without permission is prohibited. This piece may be performed after purchase of the score. Purchase score: http://www.taiko-center.co.jp/english/index.html

A portion of the score sales are donated to the Aoi Koinobori Project as a reconstruction support fund for Tohoku. Aoi Koinobori Project: http://www.ryukoutengoku.info/3.11/ritsu.html

About

From Togo Miyahara, Taiko Center Co.,Ltd
(http://taiko-center.co.jp)…

After the great east Japan earthquake, this piece was first performed by “Sousaku Wadaiko Komanokai” — one of the pioneers of today’s taiko music — with taiko groups from the devastated coast area as part of their regular concert in 2011. Additionally, every May 5th the song has been performed to pray for the children who lost their lives and for the recovery of their hometown as part of an event called Aoi Koinobori Project held in Ohmagarihama, Higashi Matsushima city. This piece has also been performed by taiko groups in Las Vegas, and each year continues to spread around world.

Many players have performed this piece as a prayer for Tohoku, the region hardest hit by the 2011 earthquake. The score “Michinoku” was launched for sale on March 11th, 5 years after the earthquake. We believe that art and traditional performance is part of its heart and soul. Let’s play the sounds that bind us together, and dream that this piece will be performed as a prayer for those who lost their homes and loved ones, and hopes for a brighter future.

Files

Scores, notes, and audio files to help learn this piece.

Purchase score: http://www.taiko-center.co.jp/english/index.htm
Click: Shop / Other Products

Videos

東日本大震災復興祈願和太鼓合同曲「陸奥-MICHINOKU-」
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dkq9IgMtQiM

See Also

http://taiko-center.co.jp

Beginnings

Composer: Marco Lienhard
Choreography & Arrangement: Marco Lienhard
License: (c)1995 Marco Lienhard. Use with permission. After workshop, credit song with proper info on song and composer.

About

From composer Marco Lienhard…

Beginnings was written as a celebratory song. After the hard labor of creating the islands, the land and the people — the Gods of Japan rejoice with this song.

Files

Scores, notes, and audio files to help learn this piece.

Music will be made available if workshop is conducted through Marco Lienhard.

For more information visit: http://marcolienhard.com

Videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_TNEBb1dDs

See Also

http://taikoza.com

http://marcolienhard.com

Wajima Kiriko Taiko

Composer: Wajima Kiriko Taiko Hozonkai
Arrangement: “Wajima Kiriko Taiko” Traditional Kiriko Matsuri Taiko: Tutorials, How-to videos
Composition Date: n/a
License: (c) Wajima Kiriko Taiko Hozonkai (Representative: Walter Tsushima). Use with proper credit. For contact information “See Also” below.

About

From Wajima Kiriko Taiko Hozonkai representative Walter Tsushima…

“Kiriko Taiko” is a specialized style of taiko that originates from the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. The Noto Peninsula is place of serenity surrounded by the beautiful mountains, blue oceans and lush forests. The life-rhythms of the people of the Noto have molded and shaped their culture of taiko drumming for hundreds of years.

A dynamic taiko style, Kiriko Taiko is performed in an upright position, usually with two people (or up to five people) on a single drum. Different from kumidaiko, or ensemble taiko drumming, where up to 10 or more separate taiko drums are necessary for a performance, Kiriko Taiko requires only one taiko drum. Additionally unlike kumidaiko, where preset songs are performed, Kiriko Taiko allows for much flexibility; the many Kiriko Taiko rhythms studied can be combined to create solos, and arrangements. This freedom is what makes Kiriko Taiko a dynamic taiko style to perform as well as watch.

Read more: What Makes Kiriko Taiko “Different?”
http://www.taikoworld.com/what-makes-kiriko-taiko-different/#more-211

Files

Scores, notes, and audio files to help learn this piece.

Coming soon!

Videos

Kiriko Taiko
http://www.youtube.com/kirikotaiko

See Also

Additional Taiko Resources from Walter Tsushima
Blog: http://www.taikoworld.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/taikoworldonline
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/taikoworld
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/wtsushima

Ei Ja Nai Ka (Taiko, Dance, Voice)

Composer PJ Hirabayashi
Originally performed by San Jose Taiko
Composition Date 1994
License (c)1994 PJ Hirabayashi. All rights reserved. For use permission, song notes, and workshop opportunities, please contact composer: http://pjhirabayashi.com

About

From composer PJ Hirabayashi…

The inspiration for Ei Ja Nai Ka (EJNK) came from the high energy of Japanese festivals and folk dances, such as Kyushu’s Kokura Gion Matsuri and Awa Odori of Shikoku. EJNK is dedicated to the Issei (the first Japanese immigrants to America) and celebrates Japanese American history through movements that reflect the Issei’s work in agriculture, mining, and railroad construction. In recent years, EJNK has expanded beyond San Jose Taiko and is included in a growing number of North American Obon festivals.

Ei Ja Nai Ka is also one of several shared experiences used to bring people together under the idea of TaikoPeace. TaikoPeace, created by PJ Hirabayashi, is a movement, mindset, and mantra dedicated to unleash creativity, spark new connections of co-creativity, and heal the human spirit through the dynamic energy of taiko drumming. Inspired by Karen Armstrong’s Charter for Compassion, TaikoPeace seeks to amplify positive social change through personal transformation among all people. To learn more visit: http://pjhirabayashi.com

Files

For use permission, song notes, and workshop opportunities, please contact composer: http://pjhirabayashi.com

See Also

Watashi Watashitachi

Composer: Shoji Kameda
Composition Date: 2004
License: (c)2004 Shoji Kameda. All rights reserved. For use, please contact composer:
shoji [at] onensemble [dot] org

About

From composer Shoji Kameda…

The core patterns of Watashi Watashitachi are derived from the syllables of its title.  “Wa” and “ta” are played in the center of the drum, and “shi” and “chi” are played at the rim.  From this base, a variety of fast-paced rhythms utilize a wide range of tones provided by the three small drums.

 

Videos

On Ensemble: Watashi Watashitachi
http://youtu.be/xQ62Kak1LxA

See Also

On Ensemble http://onensemble.org/ takes the ancient instruments of taiko into new realms.

Odaiko Kakeai Kihon Kyoku

Composer: Kenny Endo
Composition Date: 2007
License: (c)2007 Kenny Endo. All rights reserved. For use, please contact composer: http://www.kennyendo.com

About

From composer Kenny Endo…

Odaiko Kakeai Kihon Kyoku means Odaiko Call and Response Basic Piece.

This composition for odaiko was developed from a composition called, “Rites of Thundering.” It showcases the power and excitement of an odaiko played in unison sections as well as solos. This piece has also been known as “Arashi Daiko.”

Files

Contact composer for notation files, learning and use options. http://www.kennyendo.com

Videos

Odaiko Kakeai Kihon Kyoku: O-Daiko at Peak Square
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1Zjz1QrBE8

Wesleyan University Taiko Fall 2011: Oodaiko Kakeai Kihonkyoku
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUBa57edRTw

Odaiko Kakeai Kihon Kyoku- Celt Taiko Ensemble
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-0Tw6xHzW0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1G0paECRThU

See Also

kennyendo.com/taiko-center-of-the-pacific
http://www.kennyendo.com/taiko-center-of-the-pacific — Taiko Center of the Pacific (TCP), a school of traditional and contemporary Japanese drumming, was established in 1994 by Kenny and Chizuko Endo to preserve traditional Japanese drumming and to create new music for taiko. TCP offers classes in taiko drumming to the general public year round for all ages and all skill levels.