The Way of Taiko (Out of Print)

No. Pages: 136
Dimensions: 7 x 7"
Format: Paperback & Digital
Price: US/19.95
ISBN: 9781611720129
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Japanese taiko drumming, an ancient sacred harvest-time practice, has evolved into a form of mental, physical, and martial arts training combining rhythm, harmony, and movement. This book is for anyone who plays taiko or is fascinated by the instruments, dances, and compositions of a typically powerful taiko performance.

Heidi Varian began a taiko career in the 1980s, performing in feature film soundtracks, recordings and live events worldwide with San Francisco Taiko Dojo. In that capacity, Heidi was the first woman and non-Japanese person to perform the norito (sacred prayer) at the Suwa Grand Shrine. Heidi incorporated taiko with industrial rock for early Lollapalooza tours and has recently performed on bills with Cake, Bon Jovi, Matthew McConaughey and Michelle Obama.

Seiichi Tanaka is Founder and Director, San Francisco Taiko Dojo, the most prominent taiko group outside Japan. 

"This beautifully designed paperback . . . is the first book on the subject to appear in English. . . . [and] presents a succinct overview of taiko, and how it has evolved into a form of mental, physical, and martial arts training that generates rhythm, harmony, and movement." — Spirituality and Practice

"Varian presents an understanding of Taiko to a beginner by basically presenting everything they need to know to get started, not only in appreciation, but also the use of Taiko for their own purpose and enjoyment." — Reader Views

"Packs a punch with gorgeous photographs, a brief history of taiko drumming, drums and accompanying instruments used in taiko, costumes, drumming techniques and glossary. … a great introduction to the art of Japanese drumming." — World Music

"The little volume rests perfectly in your hand. The cover photograph of a man poised to strike a big drum stirs your curiosity. You open the book. Oh, wow. . . . Will captivate anyone with an iota of interest in the music of the 'fat drum.'" — Asian Reporter