Futari Uchi (literally means two person (Futari) beat (Uchi). This piece was created by Kurumaya Sensei at the Kurumaya Taiko Dojo in Japan and is typical of the traditional ‘ad lib’ style of the Hokuriku area of Japan. This area has always been the hotbed of Taiko in Japan.
Although there is a general song structure, neither performer knows exactly what the other will play, therefore good understanding of one another is essential so that every intention can be read and interpreted quickly and cleanly. A short but colourful and exciting song.
Dedicated to a fellow Taiko player in Japan, this song echoes the elements of group dedication and discipline involved along the Taiko path. An intense and very focused piece which represents determination and strength to move forward no matter what. Written by Liz Walters.
Hikari Bayashi means ‘song of light’. It is indeed a lighthearted and warm piece with plenty of bright energy and colourful choreography. This is a song where we invite you the audience, to join in with us to celebrate our mutual and natural love for rhythm - the heart and soul (Tamashii) of Japanese Taiko!
Matsuri means ‘festival’ in Japanese and there are many religious and cultural festivals held throughout the year in Japan. You will almost certainly hear or see Taiko played at these festivals; it is used to celebrate, uplift and bring all folk together. This ‘festival song’ allows all players to demonstrate their own colour within the safety of the group and to share their love of Taiko with you! Written by Kurumaya Sensei in Japan.
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