Taiko in Sweden


The Stockholm Taiko Club began in Sweden 1991. This was a result of a series of performances and workshops given by pioneers  Iwakichi Yamashita and Noriko Hashimoto from Kyoto. After many years of study, Andrew Hickman founded Sweden Taiko 2014.
At Sweden Taiko we are inspired by japanese taiko music which flows from the hearts of people who play together at local festivals in Japan.   Communities of fishing people, gatherings of farmers, foresters, weavers, or iron workers. Groups of working people whose ancient rythms and songs of celebration continue to reflect the natural spirit of taiko in modern day Japan. Taiko drums are simple and profound. 

Sweden Taiko has a varied concert program (check out our performance page) and we also arrange workshops for beginners and intermediate  students. Sweden Taiko is proud to collaborate with international taiko artists.  We are honoured that these taiko artists visit Sweden and teach master classes for us at Sweden Taiko:

 Ryo Shiobara (taiko, kagura) 

Kano (shinobué flute and taiko)  https://yasukazu.com/en:

Aren (shinobué flute and taiko) 

Kumiko Suzuki (taiko)  https://youtu.be/pDjEKnWMTk8

 

Below: Detail of a painted wooden panel showing ancient taiko.

I discovered this painted wooden panel (below) at the Ogura shrine on Mount Tennozan, Oyamazaki, Kyoto. I think the picture is very old and it depicts the local  Matsuri (festival) at Oyamazaki in springtime. If you click on the picture it will link you to a youtube video made at a contemporary spring festival at Minakuchi- Cho in Shiga prefecture. 

Japanese Taiko is an ancient but also a modern tradition, please enjoy!
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