WADAIKO

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What is Taiko?

Taiko is the art of traditional Japanese performance drumming. Taiko is often performed in a group ensemble, or kumidaiko. Both traditional and modern songs are played in taiko. The drumsticks used are called bachi and are thicker and longer than normal drumsticks. In a taiko ensemble, various types of drums and instruments may be used— for example, a nagadaiko.

Who
We Are

We are Rochester’s one and only taiko group, formed under the instruction of Masanori Seto and Kenji Furutate.

Our mission is to share the art of taiko, Japanese drumming, and to raise interest in both Japanese culture and music.

“Relax, Enjoy, Smile!”

— Kenji Furutate

Practices

Sunday 2:00PM – 7:00PM

Webb Auditorium in Booth

Storage Locker

Ingle Auditorium

People

Masanori Seto

Masanori Seto, now in Kōchi, Japan, provided the opportunity for WADAIKO's beginning. Masaさん is best friends with Kenji Furutate and hosted the taiko workshop in October 2015, which led to the discovery of taiko for our members. Then employed with Cornell University, Masaさん taught WADAIKO's first members for seven weeks, creating the foundation of our group. He is also the one who came up with the idea for our name!

Kenji Furutate

Fascinated by taiko since the age of 18, Kenji Furutate followed his passion to become a professional taiko player. Kenji writes songs and performs solo around the world while keeping a principal position in “On-Ami,” a taiko group, and “DTT,” a band of taiko players, drummers, and tap dancers. Kenji hopes to return to New York as a self-established musician and intends to devote himself to promoting the soul-stirring beat of taiko to the people around the world.


Kenji's Website

Team

Experiences

Gallery

Timeline

Merchandise

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Wadaikon T-Shirt
$20.00
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Donguri T-Shirt
$20.00

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FAQ

WHO GETS TO PERFORM?

Every member who works hard to learn the beats and choreography will have a chance to perform.

WHAT IF I NEED AN INTERPRETER?

If you require an interpreter, no problem! We’ll work with you to make sure an interpreter is present. If you’re Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing, you’ll still be able to feel the vibrations of the drums.

WHAT ABOUT EQUIPMENT?

We will have some equipment available for you to use. We recommend that members eventually make or buy their own pair of bachi to practice with. Performers do need their own uniform though!

DO I NEED TO HAVE MUSICAL EXPERIENCE?

No experience necessary! Any skill level is welcome. We’ll teach you everything you need to know.