In Japan the sounds of taiko are part of daily life. From Shinto and Buddhist rituals to traditional festivals, taiko is said to be the voice and spirit of the Japanese. Its rhythms reflect the sounds of nature, the changing of the seasons, a mother’s heartbeat. The thunder of taiko drumming is a universal language. It speaks across boundaries of race, class, culture, and religion, and appeals to people of all ages and gender.
Odaiko New England (ONE) was formed in 1994 and is one of the premier taiko groups on the East Coast. By combining Japanese aesthetic sensibility with the American spirit, ONE has forged its own distinctive style and voice. Our aim is to make taiko a familiar art form to American audiences and encourage a greater appreciation and understanding of Asian American cultures. We believe taiko has the power to bring people together in harmony and community. Linked by a common love of taiko, the members and supporters of Odaiko New England reflect the diversity of New England. Through performances, workshops, lecture demonstrations, and ongoing taiko classes, ONE’s wish is to proudly share taiko with as many people as possible.