Taiko group from San Jose, CA, USA. It was founded by third-generation Japanese-Americans (sansei) in 1973 and is still going strong, although today's lineup has members of assorted ethnic origin. In addition to traditional Japanese matsuri rhythms, they also incorporate African, Balinese, Latin, American rock and jazz beats. They have far more female members than do most teams; the last concert I saw had only one male drummer involved. The women are fiercely good at both the physical and musical demands of taiko. SJ Taiko is highly recommended. They tour all over and you can get their e-mail or paper newsletter for free from their website.

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