Video: Taiko in Bend

TAO taiko drummers from Japan perform at the Tower Theatre


Published Feb 5, 2014 at 12:01AM / Updated Feb 5, 2014 at 11:02AM

TAO taiko drummers from Japan perform for 460 first- through fifth-grade Bend-La Pine students at The Tower Theatre in Bend Tuesday afternoon. The performers reside at a 120,000-square-foot site that features three rehearsal halls on Japan’s Kuju Plateau, a national park. Each day, members of the troupe endure a training regimen that includes running, calisthenics and martial arts training, according to literature from the group. Their days span 17 hours, running from 5 a.m. to 10 at night. While TAO’s repertoire consists of traditional Japanese dance and music, the group says it also draws from Korean, Maori and Indonesian cultures. For more information on the ensemble, visit www.drum-tao.com.