Japanese Taiko Drumming Moves to a Global Beat
Taiko drumming is sometimes described as the heartbeat of Japan. It's an ancient cultural practice that has been a fixture of religious ceremonies, festivals, wars and everyday village life. But as performance art, it's still relatively young. In Japan and North America, a new generation of taiko players is pushing the sound in wildly new directions, expanding its scope while trying to negotiate between the sacred and the contemporary.