Clyde Fenton students were entertained this morning by a performance of Taiko Drumming run by Kiyomi Calwell. Kiyomi is a bilingual primary school teacher, who trained and qualified in Australia and now runs her own company, teaching Japanese and drumming workshops.
After recess, selected students took part in a special workshop in which they were drilled and educated in the ways of a Taiko performer, learning how to play the Taiko and the importance of teamwork and manners.
Taiko is an ancient Japanese form of percussion using large drums. The drums range in size from roughly a snare drum ("shime"), to drums as large as a car (the "o-daiko"). The most common drum size in taiko is the "chu-daiko" which is the size of a wine barrel.
During the 1900's, Taiko drumming became a musical art form that involved a music ensemble and tightly choreographed movements. This is taiko as we know it today.
One of Taiko's most defining aspects is it's dynamic playing style. Taiko playing is loud, hard, and fast, and involves a lot of choreographed movement which many identify with Japanese martial arts.