Taiko Charleston





  • Music
  • Folklife/Traditional Arts

Geographical Availability

  • Midlands
  • Low Country


Committed to the art form of Japanese Taiko which is grounded in core aspects of the martial arts, dance and percussion, the Taiko Charleston drummers bring athleticism and power together with heart and a sense of celebration for an exhilarating experience. Under the direction of Tracy Bush, Taiko Charleston has inspired audiences with their high intensity performances and established themselves as a leading Taiko ensemble in the southeast since 2010.

School assembly programs feature a medley of spirited drumming inspired by some of the most colorful and dramatic Japanese festivals and introduce children to the myths and culture they arose from. Bringing elements of history, tradition, rhythm concepts, and language to life in an interactive performance, audience participation and engaging rhythm drills are featured.

Residencies offer further opportunities to introduce and develop traditional Japanese concepts while learning basic rhythm skills, counting, collaboration, listening and perseverance as students master rhythms and a core composition.

The drummers also bring their dynamic performances to a wide range of community and corporate events as well as in artistic collaboration with regional arts organizations.