Drumming up a Storm
On 30 July, ten Darwin High School students attended the Tyke-Oh Japanese Drumming Session at St. John's College. Taiko is a traditional drum often used for cultural dance festivals or traditional ceremonies in Japan.
The appeal of the taiko lies in its vigorous and powerful sound which stirs players and listeners alike, physically and spiritually. Part of the dynamism of the taiko is the way drummers involve their whole bodies to achieve a profound level of expression. The Japanese instructor, Kiyomi certainly encouraged the students to experience the dynamism and spirits of the taiko.
The students were shy at the beginning, but as the session proceeded the sound of taiko grew louder and louder, and they started to hit the taiko using their whole body with vigorous rhythm. It was a great opportunity for the students to learn and experience Japanese drumming.
Taiko drumming was an enjoyable experience that I would definitely recommend to other people. I would love to do it again in the future.
Tiama Smith (Year 10 participant)