Japanese Taiko

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
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 ├╝ber-stars Kodo, but it's a sweet pounding nonetheless.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2004
  • Label: Arc Music
  • UPC: 743037188524
  • Catalog Number: 1885
  • Sales rank: 138,329

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Harvest, for taiko drum ensemble - The Taiko Drummers (7:51)
  2. 2 Pageant, for taiko drum ensemble - The Taiko Drummers (8:51)
  3. 3 Haru-Ichiban, for taiko drum ensemble - The Taiko Drummers (9:34)
  4. 4 Musashi Mai Uchi - The Taiko Drummers (5:31)
  5. 5 Hokkai II, for taiko drum ensemble - The Taiko Drummers (6:27)
  6. 6 Chido-Setsu, for taiko drum ensemble - The Taiko Drummers (7:38)
  7. 7 Suisei-Hanabi, for taiko drum ensemble - The Taiko Drummers (5:01)
  8. 8 Heart Beat, for taiko drum ensemble - The Taiko Drummers (10:48)
  9. 9 Yuki Jizoh, for taiko drum ensemble - The Taiko Drummers (5:10)
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Album Credits

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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