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The way of taiko

Author: Heidi Varian
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : Stone Bridge Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Taiko drumming is an ancient sacred practice in Japan, originally used to drive away pests from ricefields and then to call to the gods in thanks at harvest time. Today taiko in Japan and North America has evolved into a form of mental, physical, and martial arts training that combines rhythm, harmony, and movement. Ensembles are experimenting with new forms, arrangements, and instruments, making taiko a dynamic,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Heidi Varian
ISBN: 188065699X 9781880656990
OCLC Number: 61520279
Description: 127 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 18 cm
Contents: Introduction : the heartbeat of Japan --
A brief history of taiko. Drums in ancient Asia ; Drums in ancient Japan ; Branches of the taiko family tree ; Martial arts ; Traditional Japanese music ; Taiko in modern Japan ; Taiko in America --
Understanding sounds and movements. Taiko (Japanese drums) ; Gakki (instruments) ; Kiai (vocalizations) ; Regalia and costumes --
Enjoying live performance --
Training in the way. Karada = body : physical strength and endurance ; Kokoro = spirit : self-control and playing from the heart ; Waza = action : musicianship, skill, technique ; Rei = etiquette : respect, courtesy, unity --
Taiko resources --
A taiko glossary / by David Leong.
Responsibility: Heidi Varian ; foreword by Seiichi Tanaka ; with a taiko glossary by David Leong.
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The first English-language guide to the exciting world of Japanese spiritual drumming.  Read more...

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