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Japanese Taiko
     

Japanese Taiko

by Joji Hirota
 
Among a run of other Arc albums involving Joji Hirota in the last year or so, Japanese Taiko takes a crack at one of the more stereotypical of Japanese sounds. Hirota is a master of Japanese music, but something of a jack-of-all-trades, and a multi-instrumentalist. The result of this is that his music on the taiko is more

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Among a run of other Arc albums involving Joji Hirota in the last year or so, Japanese Taiko takes a crack at one of the more stereotypical of Japanese sounds. Hirota is a master of Japanese music, but something of a jack-of-all-trades, and a multi-instrumentalist. The result of this is that his music on the taiko is more adventurous than some specialist groups, but also perhaps somewhat less tightly executed in places. Here, Hirota takes a mostly traditional format, but makes use of a large number of drums throughout the course of a given work. The rest of the ensemble will provide much of the stability of a piece here, as Joji explores the sonic possibilities of having a range of drums to play with. That said, there's plenty of traditional, powerful taiko to be heard here, too. This is some excellent playing by the Taiko Drummers. It's perhaps not quite of the caliber or excitement of the über-stars Kodo, but it's a sweet pounding nonetheless.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/2004
Label:
Arc Music
UPC:
0743037188524
catalogNumber:
1885
Rank:
149196

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Performance Credits

Joji Hirota   Primary Artist,Cymbals,Gong,Hirado-o-daiko,Miya-daiko,Uchiwa-daiko,Soloist,Tibetan Bells,O-Daiko
Mark Alcock   Miya-daiko,Soloist,Daiko Drum
Xavier Boulanger   Hirado-o-daiko,Okedo-daiko,Soloist,Daiko Drum
Shingo Karube   Miya-daiko,Okedo-daiko,Soloist,Daiko Drum
Yukiko Kato   Soloist,Daiko Drum
Nao Masuda   Soloist,O-Daiko
Kumiko Suzuki   Miya-daiko,Soloist,Daiko Drum
Liz Walters   Miya-daiko,Okedo-daiko,Soloist,Daiko Drum
Joji Hirota & The Taiko Drummers   Ensemble

Technical Credits

Joji Hirota   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Contributor,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Diz Heller   Liner Notes
Jesse Reuben Wilson   Cover Design,Cover Photo
Traditional   Composer
Matt Bartram   Engineer
Shingo Karube   Contributor
Alex Stokes   Cover Design
Kumiko Suzuki   Contributor
Liz Walters   Contributor
Mat Bartram   Engineer

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