Taiko

The term “taiko” is generic to indicate the Japanese drumming. They’ve become particularly popular in recent years as a central element of complexes that perform versions of rearranged popular music.
This neotraditional music is played by large complexes called kumi-daiko.
The origin of the drums in Japan is uncertain, probably it can be shown between the sixth and seventh century thanks to a clay figurine of age who reproduced a drum.

The taiko, at that time, was used during the battle to intimidate enemies and to send commands. It continues to be used even today in the religious music of Buddhism and Shintoism. In the past, taiko players were religious people, who played only on special occasions and in small groups, but today lay men, rarely women, playing the taiko in religious festivals like the Bon Dance.

During the seventies, the Japanese government appropriated funds to preserve this ancient musical culture. The result was the creation of several groups  that formed kumi-daiko. Towards the end of the twentieth century kumi-daiko groups have spread around the world, particularly in the United States.
The MASA Daiko, one of the most representative groups of kumi-daiko, will be present at the Festival.