Sado Island drumming
Learn the techniques and rhythms of taiko drumming from a former member of the world renowned Kodo Drummers of Sado Island.
From its ancient origins as military exercises and entertainment in castles and shrines, taiko drumming has recently evolved into a new phenomenon of ensemble drumming entertaining audiences across the world.
Vast numbers of amateur and professional groups have developed over the last 50 years but the most famous taiko group are the Kodo Drummers from Sado Island. In Japanese the word kodo conveys two meanings: 'heartbeat' the primal source of all rhythm and, read in a different way, the word can mean 'children of the drum', a reflection of Kodo's desire to play their drums simply, with the heart of a child. Kodo's performance include pieces based on the traditional rhythms of regional Japan, pieces composed for Kodo by contemporary songwriters, and pieces written by Kodo members themselves.
For those staying on Sado Island, you have the opportunity to visit the Kodo drumming centre and receive a lesson from a former member of the Kodo group. During the session you will have the chance to try the various kinds of drums and enjoy playing using the wide range of sticks. This is a fun session and a unique opportunity to try your hand at one of Japan's most famous musical traditions.
When to go: The Taiko Drumming Experience is offered all year round but as there are very few teachers certain days may not be available. If you are keen to include this on your trip please ask and we will enquire for you.
Sado Island drumming
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