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Taiko Drums

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Cultures +2 Age Levels Primary (5 to 8 years old), Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

Discovery Theater is a pan-institutional museum theater dedicated to bringing theatre to young audiences and general visitors on and off the Mall since 1969.  The world’s most dangerous half-Japanese/half-Scottish solo improvisational taiko drum artist combines this traditional form of powerful playing on huge “Taiko” (drum) with a modern vibe, creating  participatory performances that rock the house and educate all the senses. Taiko players are their own instruments—the body dances as the music pours forth with massive sound and energy.  Experience Mark and his music in a dynamic show that celebrates this fierce Japanese artform.  

Standards of Learning

Discovery Theater

Out of Many Festival 2017 - Mark Rooney Taiko Drumming 1

National Museum of the American Indian

Nen Daiko, Taiko Drum Ensemble

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Buddhist Ekoji - Nen Daiko - Japanese Taiko Drumming

National Museum of the American Indian

Out of Many Festival 2017 - Mark Rooney Taiko Drumming 2

National Museum of the American Indian

11. Playing samisen, tsudzumi, fuye, and taiko, [1860 - ca. 1900]. [graphic]

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Drum "Taiko"

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Meisho Edo Hyakkei - Meguro Taiko Hashi

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Japanese painting

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Japanese painting

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Japanese painting

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Mt. Kashimayari From Mt. Hâppo, Japanese Alps

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Playing Music

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Western man and Japanese woman

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Japanese White-Eye and Thea Sasanque

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Japanese street performers. 1905

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Kabuki Performance

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Kabuki performance with four actors

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

A Private Puppet Performance

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Performers entertaining poets

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Drum

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

drum

National Museum of American History

Drum

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Drum

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Drum

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Drum

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Drum

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Drum

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Drum

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Drum

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Folk music of Japan [sound recording] / recorded ... by Edward Norbeck

Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections