The art of Japanese drumming is preserved in the Canadian province of Alberta by the six-piece group Kita No Taiko (translated as "Drums of the North"). Although no members owned drums or had studied drumming when the group formed in 1987, their passion and dedication have allowed them to evolve into a very exciting ensemble. Initially practicing on spare tires, Kita No Taiko developed their own unique technique while building crude drums from a feta cheese barrel, a wine barrel, and a plastic sewer pipe. Performing their debut show at Edmonton's annual Heritage Day festival in 1988, the sextet has gone on to perform throughout Canada. In addition to collaborating with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Kita No Taiko was featured in Meiko Ouchi's film, By This Parting.
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