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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Kumi-Taiko With Ninja Taiko, Part Of New York Suwa Taiko Association

KUMI-TAIKO (devised and perfected by Grand Master Daihachi Oguchi in 1951) gathers many different traditional wa daiko of various tones and sizes. Each with there own sound, playing in an ensemble.



Hiro Kurashima, Osuwa Daiko Shihan (certified by the late Grandmaster Daihachi Oguchi, 1924-2008) and leader of Taiko Masala, teaches class on Saturdays with NINJA taiko. A multi-cultural and multi-generational band of "misfits" (from personal experience, being one of the students). So in a sense the people are a lot like the wa daiko.


 
"Grand Master Oguchi's goal was, and the intention of Ninja Taiko and all the other Suwa Taiko Association teams in the New York Metropolitan area is, to spread the joy of Taiko to as many people as possible. Ninja Taiko drummers --men and women of different ages, with different cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds; from different walks of life, for a wide range of reasons--come together with the intention to play well and share the joy of both traditional and contemporary taiko music." Les Von Losberg

NYSTA At Mitsuwa Marketplace Summer Festival 2013
 
NINJA at SUMMER SATURDAZE International Celebration 2014  at East New York Farmers Market
"(In addition to Les' quote) The mission is for all of us learning SUWA style Taiko drumming. Our goal is to make good harmony and share joy with even one more person in our regular lives. In this meaning, Taiko is our best tool to exercise to polish ourselves and become well rounded persons."
Hiro Kurashima
 
 
 



HIRO KURASHIMA
Mitsuwa Marketplace (New Jersey) Summer Festival 2013

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