I’ll admit it: Since I was a kid, I loved watching Japanese taiko drumming. The beat. The movement. The booms.
You name it. It has everything a person would want out of a musical art.
They were performing as part of the market’s Japanese outdoor summer festival – and there’s another performance scheduled for 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28.
Drop by if you’re in the neighborhood. Or just have a look at these video clips.
I had never heard of this particular group before. But one glance at the musicians showed that they’re a sharp, precise group.
The school is lead by Ringtaro Tateishi, who apparently has performed throughout the world including at Walt Disney World for seven years.
I’m just glad that my family and I had an opportunity to be in the audience.
Even now, as an adult, I could watch these clips over and over.
By the way, if you want to see more videos of The School of TAIKO, the group has its own YouTube channel.
There are drumming videos posted, as well as a few of Japan playing in the World Cup.
Over on Vimeo, Les Fitzpatrick has posted some great clips of another Seattle taiko group – Seattle Kokon Taiko.