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by Taikoza

Exciting drumming of Japanese taiko drums with koto and bamboo flutes, as heard on Nintendo Wii game Red Steel.
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1. Beginnings
7:28 $0.75
2. Poeme Du Bambou
4:22 $0.75
3. Hachijo
10:13 $0.75
4. Yamagoe
5:25 $0.75
5. Eisa
5:10 $0.75
6. Yuzuru
3:55 $0.75
7. Odaiko
9:13 $0.75
8. Yatai Bayashi
6:27 $0.75
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Taikoza 's first album: Beginnings has been nominated in the Asian Ethnic/Language Album Nominees for the Just Plain Folks 2004 Music Award
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You can also hear Taikoza in the new Nintendo game: RedSteel
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Experience the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Japanese Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes. Hear the 100 lb. Taiko drum, give thunderous voice to traditional and new compositions.
Roughly translated, Taiko means big drums-and that’s exactly what Taikoza brings. Big Drums, powerful rhythms, and electrifying, room-thumping energy. This exciting group draws from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual performance. With colorful traditional costumes and dynamic motion, Taikoza’s shows are immensely popular with audiences of all ages.
Drawing from Japan's rich tradition of music and performance, Taikoza has created a new sound using a variety of traditional instruments. In addition to drums of assorted sizes, Taikoza incorporates the shakuhachi and the fue (both bamboo flutes) and colorful dances.
The group has toured in internationally and has appeared on ESPN, NBC, History Channel,etc.. Taikoza’s music is featured on Nintendo’s wii game: Red Steel.

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Taikoza is a Japanese Taiko drum percussion group that uses the powerful rhythms of the Taiko drums to create an electrifying energy that carries audiences in a new dimension of excitement.

The Taikoza CD: beginnings includes most of the songs from the concerts.the music of taikoza Brings the audience to exillerating moments, with songs on the large taikos, to very peaceful and beautiful and moving moments with songs performed on the shakuhachi.

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“Taikoza has moved the drums into the foreground and into an exciting visual explosion”

The Dothan Eagle

The concert was full of stirring music….from the most delicate and mournful bamboo flute song to the loudest and most pulsating beat, the dedicated passion of the group was inspiring.

The Richmond News leader

Few adjectives can explain the sound, emotion, and overall experience of the pounding drums of a live performance….my senses were rattled.
Nichi Bei Times

Boston Herald

Something strange and wonderful is coming your way. There was thunder and there was lightning and there was the sea crashing against a cliff, and there were birds, and volcanoes spitting fury at mortals, and festivals...For a few utterly transporting minutes … there was expressed in the metaphors of merciless rhythms and fluttering melodies, anything a listener had experienced, would experience, could imagine experiencing.

Eric Hubler, Washington Post

In its choreography and its vigor taiko becomes almost a martial art, one in which violence has been sublimated into disciplined exultation…a blend of high-decibel virtuosity and songful shakuhachi solos…Precision and energy are paramount here and the product, for me at least, was medicinal. It is a combination narcotic, stimulant and vitamin pill. It left one listener feeling better on exit than entry.

Bernard Holland, New York Times

Taikoza was formed in 1995 by Marco Lienhard in New York City in collaboration with other professional Taiko players. Their love for the Taiko art form transcends national boundaries, bringing new energy to this ancestral form. Taikoza has performed in Europe, Asia and have extensively toured North America (including Canada and Mexico).

Several of the members have been members of Ondekoza for many years. The members of Taikoza have collaborated with Kodo, San Jose Taiko, SF Taiko Dojo, Oedo Sukeroku Taiko, Kenny Endo Ensemble, Sawai Ensemble, Southern All Stars, Anthony Brown, James Newton, Mayuzumi Toshiro, New York City Opera and many more. Outside of the US, they have toured in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, England, Japan, Canada and Mexico. Taikoza prticipated in the Cherry Blossom Festival( regular performers also for other events at BBG) at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Washington, D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival, the Beale Street Festival in Memphis and numerous Asian Festivals in colleges and communities on the East Coast.

They also perform regularly for corporate events (Merrill Lynch, Gillette, Ameritech, City of Los Angeles, PriceWaterhouse Coopers). They have presented workshops and presentations for schools in the New York area for Young Audiences, Arts Connection, Lincoln Center Institute and Symphony Space. Members of Taikoza also regularly give workshops to the taiko community in America, Europe and in Japan (the annual Kosa

International Percussion workshops in August, N. America Taiko Conference 1999 and 2001, Sonoma Taiko Camp, Shoji Tabuchi Show in Branson, MO, Circle Ensemble Taiko workshop in Leiden, NL and many others).
Concerts in New York, the East Coast, California, Japan and Mexico are scheduled for 2002.
The Taiko is a large, barrel-like drum that can fill the air with the sounds of rolling thunder. Drawing from Japan's rich tradition of music and performance, Taikoza has created a new sound using a variety of instruments. In addition to drums of assorted sizes, Taikoza incorporates also the shakuhachi, the fue (both bamboo flutes) and the Koto (a 13 string instrument) to create a new dimension and a powerful impact on the audience. Taikoza uses drum that are 3 feet in diameter and weigh up to 170lbs. The largest is a 6 foot drum that is 4 1/2 in diameter.


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Concert review: Taikoza banged the big barrel-sized taiko here among the steel and concrete skyscrapers of New York…
18.05.2012 by Sohrabeyal Category Concert and event review, Japan

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2012
Venue: The Manhattan Movement and Arts Center
Videos and photos: by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi
Concert review by Jim Hoey

Taiko is an ancient form of Japanese drumming that most New Yorkers have no familiarity with, yet recently the Taikoza group, led by Swiss-born director Marco Lienhard, banged the big barrel-sized taiko here among the steel and concrete skyscrapers of New York in the time-honored, Japanese, tradition of cleansing the Spring atmosphere of evil spirits through the banging of drums, dancing, and playing of flutes (shakahachi and fue), and a Japanese 13 strings instrument (koto).

To get to this show took a little trooping, you had to hit West 60th street, close to the water, at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center; but once there and downstairs and inside, the theater presented an intimate setting for the presentation of these traditional Japanese musical forms. Taikoza, the group, has a unique history because Lienhard came to Taiko music and mastered it as an outsider, “gaijin“, in Japan, yet he was able to find his way to study with a famous drumming group in Japan, Ondekoza, known for their intense discipline and training. This group in Japan would also run marathons while on tour to maintain their purity of spirit! As a former flute player in Switzerland, he also took quite quickly to the shakahachi, the instrument which he excelled on in this performance. In 1995 he took this experience with him when formed Taikoza here in NYC.

The high level of intensity suggested by such feats was definitely evident in their performance this night in New York. The Taiko, when first wheeled out onstage, looked immense when compared to what’s common in the West, reminiscent of war drums beaten on the eve of battle, and the players, all accomplished disciples of the tradition, performed their varying roles to perfection during the display. The pummeling battery of snare drums and Taiko was intense on a number of selections from the performance, reverberating deeply around the theater to the core of the audience, but the subtle adjustments to shakahachi (Japanese flute) and Koto (Japanese harp), throughout the night balanced this out, and made for a truly profound juxtaposition.

Yuki Yasuda, especially, on solo Koto, delivered a tremendous version of Tori No Yoni (Like A BIrd). While playing alone before the audience, she built the intensity of her song to a profound pitch, exhibiting a dexterity of playing worthy of her Japanese teachers.
Taikoza, for this night only, was fortunate to be joined by Hawaii Matsuri Taiko, the first Japanese Taiko group of its kind in Hawaii. Many of its multi-ethnic members have been featured internationally, and on US television, mixing Hawaiian and Buddhist rhythms in their music.

Lienhard and Taikoza should be commended for bringing this intense and beautiful Asian music to New York, in all of its authenticity, and also for working to connect with other practitioners of this ancient tradition around the world. Not only were they able to capture the elegance and power of the songs, but through the dancing and acting portrayed in some of the compositions, they were also able to keep the spirit light, and bring a lot of smiles to the faces in the audience, many of whom were young kids. At no point did this feel like a walk through a museum, an encounter with a dead art. The energy in the room was bristling, the performers dripping in sweat, and the members of the crowd throughout the performance were ready for more, and ready to reach over and try their own hands at the big Taiko drums that were sitting idle on the stage in the few moments after the show. Lots of people took pictures and tried to grab a stick, bang a drum, and catch a bit of the vibe that was still hanging in the air, profoundly.



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THIS CD IS AUSOME! If the Taikoza group is reading this, I was at your concert in St. Louis on Oct. 14 with my family and it was some of the BEST music I've ever heard! Thank you for making a hilarious and good show, I will treasure it! ( It was my first concert, I'm almost 10 years old!)


THIS CD IS AUSOME! If the Taikoza group is reading this, I was at your concert in St. Louis on Oct. 14 with my family and it was some of the BEST music I've ever heard! Thank you for making a hilarious and good show, I will treasure it! ( It was my first concert, I'm almost 10 years old!)

CD Baby

Let the mesmerizing, stimulating atmosphere of Taiko Drums, Bamboo Flute music and koto music stir your imagination, energize your spirit and connect you with the land of Japan. Every spectrum of light and color is covered in this vital World album.


This CD is awesome! Really great selection of music
This CD is awesome! Really great selection of music - It sounds just like the live performance, which is definitely amazing and breathtaking!

Carrie Green

Enthralling vibrant rhythms and melodies combine to create a wonderful soundscape! A great addition for the Taiko collection!

Gregg Durant

I enjoyed the variety of songs, which made it a great CD to listen to. definetely a great gift for world music fans.
The flutes and strings were also beautiful and set great contrast to the drumming.
Really enjoyed this one.