The Healthy Practice of Taiko

Tomoe-Ryu Yutakadaiko

Japanese Drums (ARC Music EUCD2045, 2007)

Taiko drums have growing in popularity thanks to groups like Koko and Ondekoza. This has led to the creation of dozens of taiko drumming aficionado groups across North America and Europe.

Under the generic name Japanese Drums, ARC Music has released an album by Japanese taiko drumming group Tomoe-Ryu Yutakadaiko. The young drumming troupe was created in 1992 to perform at a high school anniversary ceremony. What was intended to be a gathering for a one time performance became a stable group.

The intention of Tomoe-Ryu Yutakadaiko is not just public performance. The drumming club aims to "improve drum techniques as well as to further students’ healthy minds and bodies and overall well-being."

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for TelevisiĆ³n EspaƱola (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.