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The dynamic Denver Taiko

April 11, 2014

Modern taiko is an amalgam of the old and new, and its rhythms are not only Japanese, but are influenced by Latin, African and other music of the world.

Sunday, April 13
4-5:30 p.m.
Lory Student Center Theatre

The art of taiko

In conjunction with Asian/Pacific American Islander Awareness Month, Colorado State University is hosting the drumming group, the Denver Taiko.

Taiko is the Japanese style of drumming and literally means "drum" in Japanese.

The event is free and open to the public. 

Mulit-generational performers

Denver Taiko is a community-based organization committed to honoring and sharing Japanese drumming through performance and providing an engaging creative outlet for those with interest in the art of taiko.

Denver Taiko is comprised mostly of third, fourth and fifth generation Japanese Americans honoring their cultural heritage through the performance art of taiko. Their group ranges from energetic and talented teens to accomplished veterans who have performed with Denver Taiko nearly from its inception.

A unique performance style, personality

In keeping with the tradition of the music, Denver Taiko has become known for its own unique performance style and personality. Performances by Denver Taiko are dynamic and propulsive events, a combination of structured rhythms and improvisational solos that roll together.

The history of Taiko

An early use of taiko was in battle, to intimidate and frighten the enemy as well as to communicate commands and coordinate movements. The deep, resonant drumbeats were capable of being heard across the entire battlefield.

Taiko was also used by farmers to ward off evil spirits and insects. Taiko soon found its way into the refined settings of the Imperial court as well as in Buddhist and Shinto ceremonies.

A jazz drummer in Japan, Daihachi Oguchi, created the style known as kumi-daiko (kumi meaning 'team'), and is given much of the credit for the current performance style of taiko.


The event is being sponsored by ASAP, ASCSU, and Asian/Pacific American Student Services.

Contact: Sina Zhen