Taiko DrummingOn Saturday Oct 8 we had the privilage of seeing the Toin Taiko Drumming Team perform. It had been a long time since I had seen any taiko drumming so I had forgotten how impressive it really is. The whole performance is just as theatrical as it is musical. They incorporate vocal chanting, energetic body movement, Japanese flutes, cymbals as well as of course taiko drums of all shapes and sizes for their full preformance. The boys all got to have a go afterwards and found out how hard it is to concentrate on posture at the same time as keeping in time.
Here the boys wait for the performance to begin. They have no idea what they're in for.
A drumatic beginning.
Here they are chanting as they they drum at full force.
The cymbal players were very impressive with their body movement.
This boy came forward and did a drum solo in the middle of one of the pieces. He was great.
These drums (called Hiradai) were played incorporating a technical cross arm technique. It gets harder to keep up the faster you play. But this guy pulled it off very well.
I can't remember the name of these drums but these drums were used to play really quick, complicated rhythms.
Now the boys get to have a go themselves! They didn't know where to start after watching such an awesome performance by the Toin crew...
Slightly reminiscent of the Scots pipe band...
Daniel giving the drums a good bash.
Milan trying the tricky cross-arm technique. Not a bad effort!
It was a very enjoyable day for the Scots boys as well as the Toin boys I think.