Dance by Manabiya Iowa Children Dance by Victoria Alfano Performance by Soten Taiko
Soten Taiko is the Japan America Society of Iowa's (JASI’s) community taiko drumming group. Ensemble taiko drumming, or kumi-daiko, originated in 1951 with Daihachi Oguchi, a Jazz musician. He wondered why the ancient taiko drums found in temples and at festivals throughout Japan were never played together like a western drum set. He started arranging the different traditional drums and music and kumi-daiko was born.
Kumi-Daiko is now an art form that is played around the world, even throughout the Midwest. Soten Taiko is Iowa’s only taiko performance group, founded in 2011 by two JASI members. They provide music and education about taiko at schools, private functions, and festivals throughout central Iowa. Soten Taiko currently has six active members, and is open to anyone who would like to learn, regardless of prior musical or percussion experience.