Taiko Drum Motion Study



I had the pleasure of witnessing Kaze Daiko's Youth Taiko drum performance at the Lunar New Year Festival at the International District in Seattle yesterday. I've seen a few Taiko drum groups in the past, but this group outclassed them all. The pieces they played were inventive and energetic, plus the members all looked skilled and happy to be there.

This video was shot on a Canon 5D Mark III using primarily a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens at 60 fps, which was then slowed down to 24 fps. I considered setting it to music/sound that I recorded live, but decided that using extremely rhythmic drums set to slow motion drums would have been a jarring and confusing experience. I also didn't have enough coverage to make it a conventional "music video." Thus, I decided to go in the completely opposite direction and set it to "Winter" from Vivaldi's four seasons.

Still need to work on that color correction...

You can learn more about Kaze Daiko at their website

2 comments :: Taiko Drum Motion Study

  1. This is so beautiful, Dave! Great job. I wish I was there, I love Japanese drums.

  2. Hi Dave,
    Wow, thanks for capturing this performance in an incredibly unique and beautiful style. I'm a parent of one of the performers and absolutely LOVE this. Thank you.

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