Masa daiko drums

 

japan
09.06.18
masa daiko

Masa-Daiko, the Japanese drumming group in Northern Germany, presents the original power of the Taiko! Masa-Daiko was founded in 1996 by the artist and multipercussionist Masakazu Nishimine. The up to 8 players of Masa-Daiko perform both traditional Japanese pieces and compositions of Nishimine in an extraordinary way. With enormous power and tension in rhythm and choreography this performance surpasses ordinary concert events by far – a true drumming fireworks. Powerful, energetic, sensual, thrilling! The term taiko refers to any kind of Japanese "drum," except those with “hourglass form” (called Tsuzumi). The most known in Western world, thanks to groups as Kodà are the barrel shaped drums. Taiko has been a part of the Japanese culture for centuries most probably introduced around the VI and VIII century (after finding a small clay statue of a drum which goes back up to that period) . At that time , taiko were used during battles and to send orders to the allies. In old times taiko were used predominately in the military arena and during festivals called matsuri. In the late 50s a new traditional genre appears from the instrumental experience of matsuri and is based on group of drums called kumidaiko. Groups such as Kodà have had a role in popularizing taiko drumming , both in japan and abroad, playing brand new pieces composed for them.. Suwa valley , 150 km far from Tokyo city , is well known for its beautiful and powerful sceneries and because of various myths , where natural divinities play the main role ; this places is very well know for the use of drums. Therefore taiko is used to pay tribute to the Shinto shrines

 

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