What is Taiko?
Taiko (meaning “drumming” or “a drum” in Japanese) is a performance art that involves beating drums (taiko) with large, drumsticks (bachi). The type of taiko played at Bowdoin, as well as most other groups around the world, is Kumi Daiko, or ‘ensemble drumming’, which involves beating drums (taiko) with cylindrical drumsticks (bachi) in the company of others performing coordinated movements (taikobaka).
Taiko is a performance art that actively involves the entire body. The visual impact of the choreography, the sound of the drums and the feeling of the rhythmic patterns are equally important aspects of the complete performance. Taiko combines music and dance into a stunning audio-visual spectacle.