Taikoza

Art Form(s)
Music
About this Artist

This Japanese taiko drum group has dazzled audiences worldwide with its electrifying performances since 1995. Taiko means big drum and Taikoza draws from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance and is inspired by the many festivals and rhythms of Japan. “Beginnings,” Their first album was nominated for a 2004 Just Plain Folks Music Award. Taikoza has appeared on ESPN at the Sumo Tournament held at Madison Square Garden, and have toured internationally. You can also hear Taikoza in the Nintendo game “Red Steel.”

Artist Statement

Taikoza personifies power, grace, pulse, and driving rhythms. The electrifying aural and visual display consists of three drummers and a dancer. The huge Taiko drums were originally used in Japan to purify and drive away evil spirits and today they keep audiences glued to their seats. Taikoza draws from Japan’s rich tradition of musical performance to create a new sound using a variety of instruments. The combination of drums, shakuhachi, and fue (both bamboo flutes) is a rare and unforgettable treat for American ears.


Testimonials

"Taikoza is an excellent team of artists that have worked with diverse communities and ages. (Pre-K - adults) Not only are the students entertained with traditional music, dances, and stories of Japan but they are also filled with content that deepens students’ understanding of traditional and contemporary culture of Japan. They are interactive with students that span learning Japanese words, playing drums, listening to the flutes or hearing the stories behind the traditional songs and dances they present. They acknowledge teachers and students by creating a setting where all participate and feel free to ask questions. Students definitely take away a deeper understanding of the culture and people. The power of the Taikoza drum, the enlightenment of the flute and the beauty of the koto resonates in our students’ minds years beyond the initial workshops and/or performances. I highly recommend Taikoza to visit your school for they are valuable educators who are dedicated to the culture of Japan."

Regina Larkin, Manager of Education Programs / SYMPHONY SPACE