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Japanese Music

The Magic of Taiko for American Audiences

Steve Mariotti | Posted 05.25.2016 | Arts
Steve Mariotti

A few months ago I had the privilege of introducing readers to Kudo, a Japanese drum ensemble whose enduring sounds have performed for over 30 years and today counts 100 talented performers in its troupe.

Japanese Drummers Bring the Culture of Sado Island Statestide

Steve Mariotti | Posted 04.27.2015 | Entertainment
Steve Mariotti

Unlike any musical group I've ever heard, Kodo is a group of Japanese drummers that perform on a worldwide scale but remain rooted in the local community and rich cultural traditions of Japan's Sado Island.

What Music Do Animals Like?

Trevor Cox | Posted 08.27.2014 | Science
Trevor Cox

Research published today by the American Psychological Association has shown that chimpanzees prefer listening to West African akan and North Indian raga over listening to silence. What does this say about the evolutionary purpose of music?

Meet The World's Most Adorable Heavy Metal Band

Posted 03.05.2014 | Weird News

Who knew heavy metal could be so cute? Meet Babymetal, a Japanese trio that combines the adorable dancing and vocal stylings of a teen pop act wit...