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Taiko Drumming: A Cultural Explosion of Sound and Energy

Updated: Aug 11, 2023

Taiko drumming is a high-energy performance art that combines music, dance, martial arts, athletics, and culture. It is a centuries-old tradition that originated in Japan, and it has since spread to cultures all over the world.

Taiko drums are large, barrel-shaped drums that are played with sticks called bachi. The sound of taiko drumming is incredibly loud and powerful, and it can be heard for miles around. In fact, taiko drumming was once used to signal soldiers on the battlefield.

In addition to the loud, booming sound of the drums, taiko drumming is also characterized by the use of kakegoe, which are short, sharp yells that are used to push out energy. Kakegoe are similar to the kiai that are used in martial arts, and they add another layer of drama and excitement to taiko performances.

Taiko drumming is a physically demanding art form, and it requires a great deal of stamina and strength. However, it is also a very rewarding art form, and it can be a great way to connect with your inner power. In addition to its physical demands, taiko drumming is also a mentally demanding art form. Drummers must be able to memorize complex rhythms and patterns. They must also be able to coordinate their movements with the other drummers in the ensemble.

If you are looking for a fun, upbeat, and culturally unique experience, then you should definitely check out a taiko drumming performances at the the 40th Black Ships Festival. You won't be disappointed!

Shin Daiko Taiko Ensemble Taiko Drum Performance

Friday, August 11, 2023

6:30pm • Rockwell Park; 162 Thames St, Bristol, RI 02809

Much more than mere percussion, Shin Daiko’s presentation also features the visual element of movement and choreography, requiring physical strength, endurance, and energy, which makes taiko such an exciting performance experience. Bring chairs & blankets!

Cultural Marketplace Fair Taiko Drumming with Odaiko New England

Saturday, Aug. 12, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Independence Park, Bristol, RI 02809

Odaiko New England will be performing throughout the day. The taiko is said to be the voice and spirit of the Japanese. The sound of the taiko has an irresistible draw the summons people to seek out its source! Free, family-friendly event.

Have a blast at one of the Ocean State's most enjoyable family events overlooking Narragansett Bay. Experience fun at our Cultural Marketplace Fair filled with traditional Japanese arts and entertainment, a concert by the USA Navy Band, martial arts including karate, judo, and kendo, ancient craft demonstrations, tasty food, one-of-a-kind shopping and souvenirs, kids’ hands-on crafts and our new Kids 12 and Under Cosplay Costume Contest - all with a distinctly Asian twist. Free, family-friendly event.

So what are you waiting for? High-energy performance art that will blow you away… If you have never seen a taiko drumming performance, we highly recommend it. You won't be disappointed. Get out your picnic baskets and chairs and join us. Please join us and experience the power of taiko drumming! It's an exhilarating blend of music, dance, and athleticism that will leave you feeling energized and inspired.

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11 juil. 2023
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Thanks for keeping your drumming events free for local families and tourists. And Bristol is such a cool town to grab a bite after the show. Awesome restaurants on Main Street.


11 juil. 2023
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My family will be there!

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