Uzume Taiko celebrates the rhythm of life itself with shows that wow audiences through a uniquely theatrical blend of music and dance. They have hand crafted a unique brand of West Coast Canadian taiko drumming that offers a visual, sonic and dynamic experience to their audience. Awarded "ArtStarts Champions" for their commitment to touring, Uzume Taiko has performed taiko drumming in schools, festivals and community venues across BC since 1992. The group has toured their evening concerts, festival and youth shows across North America, the United Kingdom and Europe. Uzume Taiko brings a vibrant, contemporary sensibility to an ancient art.
I want to express my gratitude on behalf of our entire school community. Our teaching staff found your show to be both well designed, and well performed. It was just the right balance of direct teaching and performing, experiencing and engaging. Well done! Thank you for sharing your time, energy and passion. Cameron Fraser, Principal, Pender Island Elementary
My students loved the performance. The kids all want to drum now! Mrs Sinclair-Wise, Saanichton Elementary
Thank you for teaching us Taiko drumming. The part I liked the best was when we went in a circle and used all the drums. Desiree, Student, Hawthorne Elementary
Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 45 - 50 mins.
Capacity: 500+ additional fees for 600+
Tech Requirements: Clean floor, 2 change rooms, microphone/PA for Secondary shows (Gr 8-12), 1 microphone on stand, PA system
Fee Range: $795 - $1440 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
Uzume Taiko drummers present an energetic and spirited show of taiko drumming! The drummers perform choreographed martial-arts-based taiko drum songs. Their repertoire includes a variety of drum playing styles, exciting rhythms and powerful beats that audiences feel. The show includes some history of the instruments in rural Japan and how the ensemble drumming style developed after the Second World War to become popular around the world. The show is appealing to all ages and the group varies its repertoire to suit elementary, middle and secondary school audience levels. Watch Uzume music and videos at uzume.com. Note: Additional fees apply for remote districts, and or 600+ students in Community Theatre Setting.
Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 1 day (7 sessions possible per day: 25 - 45 min. sessions)
Capacity: 20 - 56 students per workshop
Tech Requirements: clean floor. access to gym 45 mins before workshop
Fee Range: $1195 - $1,840 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
Students engage in physical warm-up exercises, martial arts stance, vocal shouts and drum sticking techniques. They use student taiko drum gear and learn rhythmic drills, verbal notation, song rudiments, choreography and group song playing. Students experience the respect and cooperation of group taiko drumming and develop listening and communication skills through the group process. Student taiko drum gear provided. Daily and weekly rates negotiable. Note: Additional fees apply for remote districts. Depending on the School's population and capacity limits, Kindergarten/Gr 1 classes may receive the demonstration and 'air taiko' drum experience only while older grades receive the 'hands-on' taiko drum experience. Note: Additional fees apply for remote districts. Depending on the School's population and capacity limits, Kindergarten/Gr 1 classes may receive the demonstration and 'air taiko' drum experience only while older grades receive the 'hands-on' taiko drum experience.