Sounds of Wadaiko
Wadaiko is a simple instrument, in that almost anyone can beat it to make a sound. However, it is also a very complex instrument, producing a different tone depending on who beats it and how. For those of you who have not had an opportunity to experience the diversity of the sounds of wadaiko, we have posted a few samples below.
To play the samples, click the respective images.
*Please note that the following samples are compressed recordings, and do not faithfully represent the true sounds of wadaiko.
Ensemble and Ohayashi
Thanks to the late wadaiko boom, many wadaiko ensemble pieces continue to be composed.
Tenjin Matsuri Bayashi
Ohayashi (accompaniment) from the Tenjin Matsuri, one of the representative festivals of Osaka.