Taiko Aiko Kai was founded in 2002 when a few families of musicians at an Upper West Side public school began practicing Taiko drumming together, as a means of passing their Japanese culture on to their children. Workshops with the artists include hands-on drumming as students take turns playing the diverse rhythmic patterns of on the large drums characteristic of this tradition. Concerts display the dynamic percussion skills of the artists performing energetic pieces, and students are invited on stage to review what they have learned in workshops, playing along with the musicians. Active participation in traditional musical calls and clapping patterns involve the whole audience. Manhattan Taiko is an adult ensemble drawn from the personnel of Taiko Aiko Kai for performance during school hours when the younger members of the ensemble may not be available. Grades K – 12.