Taiko Thunder

Type: Performance
Art Form: Music
Grade Level: K-12
Scheduling Request

Odaiko New England demonstrates the ancient art form of taiko (Japanese drumming) and its importance in Japanese culture. This energetic and engaging program highlights kumi-daiko (ensemble drumming) and combines traditional taiko rhythms with dynamic movement and rhythms from other musical traditions. Students explore kata (drumming technique) and the concept of kiai (vocalizing energy), and also join the performers on stage to play the taiko drums.

Note: Available live online with pre recorded elements for remote learning.

Length: 50 Minutes
Audience Limit: 300-450
Curriculum Connection: Japanese Culture, Music, Percussion

Audience: up to 300

Remote Single: $600
Single Show: $750
Back-To-Back: $1,275

Audience: 301–450

Remote Single: $780
Single Show: $975
Back-To-Back: $1,655

Travel Fee: $55 for venues within 60 miles of Arlington, MA, $100 for 60+ miles

Note: pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time

Processing Fee of $30 added to all contracts


2 reserved parking spaces

Working sound system and microphone on stand

1 music stand

1 table (ideally 3-4 ft long)

Access to restrooms and private dressing area (for example, a teacher’s bathroom)

Bottled Water for two people

Performance Space:

Minimum stage area of 16’ deep by 20’ wide with 12’ overhead clearance

Performance area must be level, cleared, cleaned

Performance area may not have a surface of concrete, asphalt or cement

Children sitting on the floor must be at least 10 feet away from the front of the stage

Arrival time before first performance: 1 hour

Strike time: 30 minutes

Time needed between performances: 10 minutes.

Teachers are expected to model appropriate audience behavior for their students. Please introduce the artists as a Young Audiences of Massachusetts ensemble.

Start time after 10:00 am preferred.