The voices and stories of women have rarely been discussed within our history of taiko. But nowadays, it is said that more than half of the world’s taiko drumming population
is said to be female.
To celebrate the achievements of female taiko drummers, an innovative concert
and project called HERbeat was put together by Jennifer Weir in Minnesota,
and was performed by some of the most acclaimed female taiko artists from
Japan, U.S., and Canada in February 2020.
This year, the Japanese cast of HERbeat has reunited
as a special ensemble for the WTC concert.
When the world was born,
The long years of humankind were woven together.
When the world turn dark of natural disasters,
The drum resounds, the voices are raised, we breathe in life, and we step to dance,
As the warriors of the rainbow give thanks and pray to Mother Earth.
Resounding to our future, ONEbeat
Chieko Kojima (Kodo Taiko Performing Arts Ensemble) / Taiko and Dance
Kaoly Asano (GOCOO) / Taiko
Mayumi Hashimoto (Kirishima Kumen Taiko Hozon Kai) / Taiko
Mizue Yamada (DIA+) / Taiko
Anna Sato / Amami singer
Awa / Shinobue