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Expressive Idaho: Kawa Taiko Composes Modern Taiko Music For The Treasure Valley

Arlie Sommer

The Kawa Taiko drumming group of the Treasure Valley has been performing together for more than 20 years. The Japanese American Citizens group bought the group its first drums.


Last year they performed in front of national Taiko leaders at the prominent North American Taiko Conference.

The Idaho arts and culture series, Expressive Idaho, followed the group in February as they composed a taiko piece as part of the Idaho Commission on the Arts’ Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program.



Soon after, they transitioned to practicing together through video conferencing. Producer Arlie Sommer takes us back to a time when Kawa Taiko could gather in the same space to play together.