Japanese percussion: Taiko

With Sandra Miura


The first signs of the taiko date back approximately 2000 years in Japan, where it was most probably introduced from Korea or China. Initially used to reinforce prayers to the gods, the taiko was refined in the Edo Era, some 400 years ago, when it became a military instrument used to motive troops, as well as an instrument played at celebrations and rituals

Yet it was only after World War Two that the taiko became popular. Japan wished to restore the prestige of its cultural past, and accordingly concerts, stages and performances started to spread. Professional groups quickly formed on national and international stages. The famous Taiko Kodo, for example, has only existed for 25 years.

Today in Japan, we can hear taiko at local fairs, professional shows and during certain religious ceremonies.

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Classes with Rémi Clemente

Rémi Clemente began learning the taiko during a stay in Japan. His teacher, Tamada Sugeo, is a drummer living in Kawasaki, a town close to Tokyo. After this Japanese adventure, Rémi returned to Switzerland with a drum. A few months later, a second drum arrived and on it went – today the taiko fever continues and is something he wishes to share.

The drums are made of cow skin and heavy, hard carved wood. They’re played with thick sticks and the impact is impressive. Training on the drums follows, as closely as possible, in the style of my Japanese teacher, Tamada-san: warm-up, strike exercises and then pieces.

Salle de gymnastique EFP St.Gervais, angle rue de la Servette & boulevard James-Fazy - Map

Wednesday : 8 pm - 9.45 pm (Beginners )
Friday : 7 pm - 8.40 pm  (Intermediate)
Friday : 8.45 pm - 9.45 pm (Advanced)

Lessons in Prilly (VD) - informations on request

700.- frs / year //  Enfants, étudiants et AVS  : 350 frs / year

Sandra Miura  - Tel.: 078.720.58.48 - Email :

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