Date: June 25, 2021 to June 25, 2021
Where: Cincinnati, Cincinnati,, Hamilton County, Ohio, United States, 45202
Event Type: Other
Ticket Price: N/A
What is Taiko? Taiko (太鼓), are a broad range of Japanese percussion instruments. In Japanese, the term refers to any kind of drum, but outside Japan, it is used specifically to refer to any of the various Japanese drums called wadaiko (和太鼓, "Japanese drums") and to the form of ensemble taiko drumming more specifically called kumi-daiko (組太鼓, "set of drums"). The process of constructing taiko varies between manufacturers, and the preparation of both the drum body and skin can take several years depending on the method. Taiko have a mythological origin in Japanese folklore, but historical records suggest that taiko were introduced to Japan through Korean and Chinese cultural influence as early as the 6th century CE. Some taiko are similar to instruments originating from India. Archaeological evidence also supports the view that taiko were present in Japan during the 6th century in the Kofun Period. Their function has varied throughout history, ranging from communication, military action, theatrical accompaniment, and religious ceremony to both festival and concert performances. In modern times, taiko have also played a central role in social movements for minorities both within and outside Japan. (Source: Wikipedia) About the Presenter Wadaiko Gouken was founded by Eddie Yates, who trained and performed under his sensei Daigoro Aska, the leader of Aska Gumi in Nara, Japan. Aska Gumi is one of the top Japanese drum troupes in the world, and Eddie was the only Westerner to be accepted to train and perform with them. Eddie decided to move back to his hometown in Cincinnati to begin teaching and create a performing group, sharing the knowledge he gained while in Japan. He has a vision to organize an environment where Wadaiko can be practiced and performed, exposing it to the community around him. Eddie brings 25 years of performing experience, and his extensive and vigorous training in Japan, to Wadaiko Gouken.