One World Taiko
One World Taiko presents a contemporary style of Japanese drumming that incorporates dynamic and fluid movement as well as heart pounding percussion. The music is drawn from Japan's ancient tradition of lively and spirited festival drumming and One World Taiko's own creative rhythms, arrangements and choreography, adding a modern spirit to the ancient tradition of taiko. Their repertoire includes traditional pieces, which were taught to them by the world-renowned groups Kodo and Ondekoza from Japan, and their own original compositions infused with contemporary rhythms from their love of jazz and world music. They perform on traditional Japanese instruments such as odaiko (large drum), chudaiko (medium sized drum), shimedaiko (small, rope-tied drum), shinobue (bamboo flute) and koto (13 - stringed zither like instrument) along with Japanese percussion instruments such as atarigane (brass gong), chappa (hand cymbals) and hyotan (gourd shaker).
One World Taiko was formed in 1990 and is directed by Gary Tsujimoto and Nancy Ozaki. They have performed in Japan, Europe and throughout the United States including 4 years as resident taiko drummers at Walt Disney World's Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida. Other members of the group are Esther Sugai, whose specialties are shinobue and silver flute and Marcia Takamura, a master Japanese koto musician. One World Taiko is on the Washington State Arts Commission's Artist in Residence Program for 2003-2005 and are members of the National Association for Campus Activities and the Council of Unions and Student Programs, performing at colleges and universities throughout the western region of the US. One Warld Taiko also performs regularly at concerts, festivals, corporate and private special events throughout Washington and the U.S.