drum performance group SHIDARA
Shidara is located in Toei, a tiny town in the beautiful mountainous region
of Japan called Okumikawa. Toei town is presently suffering a dramatic
population decline, as young people all over Japan migrate to the cities in
hopes of better employment. Because of this, the old way of life is also
slowly fading away. Shidara is a professional taiko team preserving the waning
folk traditions of Japan through song, music and dance.
Since their inception in 1989, Shidara has toured throughout Japan, with
appearances in Europe, the United States, Korea, the Martinique, the
Phillippines, and Taipei. In 2002, they entered the First Annual International
Tokyo Kumi-daiko Contest, and were awarded first prize. The next year, they
created a huge stir in the North American Taiko communities as guest artists
in the sold-out Taiko Jam concert, held in conjunction with the bi-annual
Taiko Conference. Standing ovations at U.S. debuts, and ensuing popular demand
inspired Shidara's North American Tours in 2006. Shidara returns to tour the
US in the Spring of 2008 with a company of eleven performers and 3000 pounds
of drums. Watch for our National North American tour in 2010!
It plays a drum in your town. Please invite Shida.
和太鼓 志多ら SHIDARA