“People won't be people when they hear this sound”. Atlas, inspired by Google Maps and based off of the Battles song of the same name and composed by Taiko Tides' very own Jeffrey Chu, revolves around a strong propulsive beat and contrasting dynamics. Like any math rock inspired song, it was written through improvisation and contains unintentional (but
awesome) time signature changes.
Celebration was composed by Taiko Tides member Eric Hsu. Inspired by the song Piercing Light, it demonstrates a group of people celebrating a victory by playing drums. This piece features a core pattern that is highlighted by other patterns throughout the piece.
Chichibu Yatai Bayashi
Chichibu Yatai Bayashi is a traditional festival piece from the city of Chichibu, Japan. It is performed annually at their Yomatsuri, or “night festival”, and drummers play this piece sitting down in a large float which is carried up the mountain to the top where the shrine is located.
Hiryu Sandan Gaeshi
This festival piece originates from the Shinto shrine of Osuwa, Japan. It calls upon the “playful dragon” to descend and bring good fortune and blessings. Inspired by Chieko Kojima, Taiko Tides’ arrangement uses ‘Onna Daiko', women’s playing style, to demonstrate grace and power.
Isamigoma - Tombane
Isamigoma mimics the sound of galloping horses, and Tombane, or “jump hop” incorporates lively movement. The combination of Isamigoma – Tombane uses two different playing styles on the beta and slant stance. Taiko Tides learned this piece from Taiko Aiko Kai, a taiko group based in New York City.
Matsuri Daiko
Also known as Bon Daiko, Matsuri Daiko translates to “festival” and is commonly performed at festivals year round. Improvisation and solos are frequent components of the piece and styles vary widely between taiko groups and regions. Although each group has their own variation of Matsuri Daiko, the core phrases are almost always the same.
Miyake is a traditional piece from Miyake-jima, Japan. Visually, the movements mimic the lively motions of fishermen hauling in nets. The drummer’s lowness to the ground allows them to shift their weight to generate power. Miyake was popularized by Japanese taiko group KODO, but Taiko Tides mirrors the style of the Tsumura brothers.
Taiko Tides learned this piece from former Soh Daiko member John Ko. Odaiko, or “big drum”, focuses on the performers’ form to develop power.
Seiichi Tanaka composed Renshuu and is often regarded as the father of North American taiko. Renshuu, or “practice”, is usually the first piece that North American taiko players learn since it introduces them to basic techniques.
The composer of Se-Do is alumni and former Taiko Tides’ President, Sang Yeon Pak. Inspired by the beats of Chichibu Yatai Bayashi and the compositions of Hans Zimmer, Se-do means “stillness and movement” which creates a dynamic and powerful composition that balances tradition with modernism.
Shin-en means "party of hearts and spirit". Mark H. Rooney composed the piece towards the end of his stay in Japan as a JET. This lively performance is high energy and very fun!
Tokyo Ondo
Japanese folk music dates back hundreds of years, but Tokyo Ondo can be traced to 1933. Typically performed in Japanese festivals in August to celebrate Obon, it involves masses of people doing a dance called Bon Odori in a circle around a taiko that is raised on a small stage.
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