On Tuesday 23 May, Taiko ON, a drumming group, came to St James’ to perform for the whole school.
The Year 6 students attended an hour-long workshop with Taiko ON in preparation for their IPSHA performance.
Their Sensei, Simon Vanyai, originally studied Taiko in the mountains of Nagano, and since bringing his love of Wadaiko back to Australia has helped form four Taiko groups across Tasmania and WA.
Many of the members of Taiko ON are Japanese and have relished the opportunity to train in their traditional musical arts whilst living so far from their cultural home. Other members have a long running love of percussion and are drawn to the elegant moves, powerful rhythms and teamwork in the syncronised Wadaiko ensemble.
The students watched in amazement and experienced a unique range of traditional music and movements which are performed at Japanese festivals.