Monday, May 14, 2012

Can't Beat This

Here is a video gem from an April 9, 2011 Taiko Drum Concert for Children at the Mid Hudson Children's Museum in Poughkeepsie, New York. The clip features local residents of upstate New York's Hudson Valley area, 5-year-old Kazuma Ban, 12-year-old Subaru Honge and Kenji Ban (you can read more about these amazing performers in the Hudson Valley Times).


The YouTube explanation of this video says: "Legend has it that exiles, banished to the faraway island of Hachijo, used drumsticks to beat out their longing for home. Hachijo-Taiko requires two drummers, one responsible for the "upper" beat and the other for the "lower" beat. The "lower" drummer sets the rhythm at one end of the drum, and at the other end his partner is free to beat out whatever "melody" comes to mind. This freedom for the drummer to develop and express his own style is one of the hallmarks of Hachijo-Taiko."

Related posts: Under the Drum Skin

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