The Japanese word "Taiko" means "big drum". It refers to drums of a simple and elegant design which has remained unchanged throughout the ages. As long ago as the 5th Century, taiko drums have been played during festivals, religious rituals, the theatre and orchestras of the Imperial Palace.
Taiko has evolved into a performing art full of energy, harmony and movement reminiscent of the martial arts. The music remains rooted in traditional Japanese songs and rhythms, and simultaneously reaches out to include musical elements from around the world. As powerful and beautiful as Taiko music is, the visual aspect dominates. Taiko is a synthesis of movement, sound and spirit.