Experience the Art of Japanese Taiko Drumming with Odaiko New England (ONE)
Odaiko New England (ONE) is not only one of the east coast’s best taiko drumming ensembles, but a well-established cultural organization as well. They are proudly celebrating their 15th anniversary this year as they remain steadfast in their mission to achieve a bond between American and Japanese cultures based upon the development of an appreciation of their music among audiences in the US.
The rhythms of taiko drumming are founded upon those of nature and the music itself is considered to be a very basic element of Japanese culture. It has been incorporated into almost all aspects of daily life in Japan. ONE’s performances are a combination of energetic rhythm patterns and accompanying body movements, which are an essential element of taiko drumming. They bring their own somewhat Americanized version of this ancient Japanese genre to their US audiences and, as a result, have attained quite a following. Visit their web site for performance listings, entertaining video clips, and the ensemble members’ blog.
As an organization, Odaiko New England regularly offers weekly classes for beginning and more advanced adults and a series for young people. Go ahead and sneak a peek at a class in action. In addition, they conduct workshops and give lecture/demonstrations specially designed for audiences from children to adult. You can even hire them for your organization’s special event or to collaborate on a performance project. For more on Odaiko New England and all that they have to offer, visit their web site for contact info. or sign up for their newsletter. You can also purchase mementos at the online store or make a donation through the purchase of a performance DVD and support the organization’s cultural cause while you enjoy the entertainment.