Mark Turrner

Mark Turrner / Events / Sat 03 Dec 2011

Kagemusha Taiko

Kagemusha Taiko

What is Taiko?

Taiko, originally from Japan, is a highly-choreographed, theatrical style of drumming, with much in common with dance and martial arts. Playing taiko requires fitness and stamina as much as rhythm skills, and it's as much a treat to watch as to listen to.... Taiko as performance is a modern phenomenon – the first group was created as recently as the mid-1950s by a jazz drummer. It is now spreading round the world with groups in USA first appearing in the early 1970s, and arriving in the U.K in mid-late 1990s.

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