Big Drum: Taiko in the United States (DVD)
Produced by the Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center of the Japanese American National Museum.
Featuring America's pioneering taiko figures, this DVD documents the development of American taiko as presented in the National Museum's exhibition of the same name. It includes interviews and footage of drum-making and performances that reflect the ongoing transformation and diversification of this exciting performing art.
Among the many groups included in the footage are San Francisco Taiko Dojo, Kinnara Taiko, San Jose Taiko, Denver Taiko, Midwest Buddhist Temple Taiko Group, Soh Daiko, L.A. Matsuri Taiko, Shasta Taiko, Satori Taiko, Kogen Taiko, Kokyo Taiko, Hawaii Matsuri Taiko, Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble, Maui Taiko, Zenshin Taiko, Zenshuji Zendeko, Nen Daiko, Hoh Daiko, Sacramento Taiko Dan and TAIKOPROJECT.
Extra features include the following historical footage: Reverend Sensho Sasaki's 1954 home movie footage of the Sacramento Buddhist Temple Obon; excerpts from David Kimura's 1977 film documentary Taiko: The Music of the Japanese Drums; and Tera Lee's 1973 documentation of the Chinatown Mural Project, which involved future Soh Daiko members.
Total running time approximately 2 hours.
Visit the Big Drum exhibition site to see a clip from the DVD!