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Japanese taiko 楳⁡渠慮捩敮琠摲畭浩湧⁳瑹汥⁴桡琠桡猠桡搠慮⁡獴潮楳桩湧⁲敳畲来湣攠楮⁴桥慴攠㈰瑨⁃敮瑵特⸠乯眠浡湹⁣楴楥猠慣牯獳⁴桥⁧汯扥⁨慶攠瑡楫漠摯橯猬⁳潭攠睩瑨⁰敲景牭楮朠杲潵灳⁴桡琠瑯畲⁷楤敬礠慮搠敶敮⁲散潲搠瑨敩爠灥牦潲浡湣敳⸊

I haven't banged on a mighty odaiko myself, or even picked up a bachi stick, but I have several friends who are involved in taiko performance, and have gone to several performances over the years, and always find myself transported and overwhelmed by the power of the big drums all playing together. Here is a quick list of some of the taiko music available... Comments or recommendations are always welcome!





Recommended Records

F畢畫椠䑡楫漀  ∀䙵扵歩⁄慩歯" † (S灩物琠剩癥爬′〰〩


Nihon No Taiko "Nihon No Taiko" (King Records-Japan, 2007)


Oedo Sukeroku Taiko "Les Tambours De Tokyo: The Drums Of Tokyo" (PlayaSound, 2004)


Oedo Sukeroku Taiko "Les Tambours De Tokyo: Live" (DVD) (PlayaSound, 2005)


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Ondekoza 漢潄⁴慨牂≮⁩ †⠀䨀䌀⁖㤬㤱9) Ondekoza "Kyoten Dochi" (Tropical Music, 2004)
It's difficult to capture the power of Japanese taiko drumming through any recorded medium -- if you're not right there in the room with your bones vibrating as the big drums pound in unison... Well, it just ain't the same. That's one reason, along with the eventual need to innovate, that taiko albums often have crossover elements woven in alongside the drumming. This long-lived Japanese ensemble, formed in 1969, roves far and wide on its latest record, incorporating traditional shamisen lute and the shakuhachi bamboo flute on some numbers, a wild, free-jazz saxophone on others, some vocals, and a tune or two from the West. There are also several songs with pure, fast taiko drumming -- rippling, dense, creative arrangements that must be thrilling to see live, but sound pretty nice on disc as well.


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