Have you ever experienced traditional Taiko drumming? It is a musical form that inspired the video game “Taiko no Tatsujin”. The Taiko drums were traditionally used only as accompaniment for prayer incantation at temples and shrines. Also, as percussion instruments played for ceremonies such as the summer festival “Matsuri”. Today, there are numerous Taiko performance groups, both amateur and professional,
but there are extremely few professional Taiko solo players.
One of the more famous Taiko drummers is Shuichi Hidano who has captivated audiences in over 20 countries with his amazing innovative and dynamic style. In 1998 and 2002, he performed solo drumming to his largest audience, more than 50,000, at the ceremonies of the FIFA Soccer World Cup in both France and All Japan news.
The TAIKO Masters ensemble produced by Hidano includes seven young Taiko disciples, each of whom is an accomplished solo performer. Their music is powerful and exciting rhythms heard with not just the ears but also the heart. The coupling of their energy with Hidano’s contemporary beats makes for a truly unforgettable experience.
Shuichi Hidano with Taiko Masters will be performing at Tokyo Geijyutsu Gekijyo(Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space) in Ikebukuro on Sep.2nd.
This famous setting is one of the largest classical music concert halls in All Japan news and it should be noted this will be the first time an only Taiko drums performance will be conducted in this concert hall.
Hidano says “I started my music career with western classical music. Mellow tone, deep dynamics, the beat which shakes the hall and heart of audience…I am particular about these things and I am sure that our audience can feel Taiko beats, from delicate to explosive, because this hall is one of the best for classic music.”
Hidano’s original set with more than 20 Taiko drums.
Shuichi Hidano with Taiko Masters