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KWAKAIKO RINDO JAPANESE DRUMMING
On Sunday December 9th 2002 Wadaiko Rindo Japanese drumming group performed
at Melba Hall, University of Melbourne. More
photographs from the Japanese drumming concert can be seen here. Traditional
Japanese drums are known as taiko or wadaiko drums. The original
concept for the large drums came from China over 1,000 years ago. These first
drums were made of slats of wood, but produced an inferior sound
because of the secondary vibrations and loss of energy through the
joins in the slats. The Japanese then developed a new manufacturing
method to improve the sound. The improved
manufacturing method involved the use of a single piece of wood
from the trunk of a very large zelkova tree. The larger
drums normally use cow hide for the "heads" of the drums.
Toshinori Sakamoto is an accomplished player and teacher of Wadaiko. He has
studied under renowned conductor and lead percussionist of the Kumamoto
Philharmonic Orchestra, Takashi Fukuda. Toshi was a founding member of the
Kumamoto based Wadaiko group, Rindo Daiko and played with them from 1987
until he moved to Australia in 1995. Since coming to Australia Toshi has
performed at Japan Festivals in Melbourne, Sydney, Fiji, the Melbourne
International Festival and many group recitals. Toshi performed with Rindo
Daiko when they visited Melbourne in November 1996 and in October 1997 at
their own concerts and as part of a world music Festival at Melbourne Town
hall. He has visited numerous schools throughout Australia to introduce this
highly accessible art form to both primary and secondary students.
Toshi is accompanied by his wife Junko who is also an accomplished Wadaiko
player and former member of Rindo Daiko in Kumamoto. Together they form
Wadaiko Rindo in Melbourne in 2000.
Wadaiko Rindo Japanese drumming lessons
Contact: [email protected]
Tel/fax 03 9893 5882 (Toshi) or
Noriko 03 9530 4018