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for taiko drum ensemble | 8'ca. (2022) download | purchase
Ikigai (生き甲斐, lit. 'a reason for being') is a Japanese concept referring to something that gives a person a sense of purpose, a reason for living. feeling ikigai as described in Japanese usually means the feeling of accomplishment and fulfillment that follows when people pursue their passions.
"IKIGAI" stands as a testament to the profound connection between rhythm, purpose, and the human spirit. Rooted in the ancient tradition of taiko drumming, this contemporary masterpiece invites listeners on a transformative journey of self-discovery and fulfillment. Drawing inspiration from the Japanese concept of "ikigai," which encapsulates the profound joy and meaning found in pursuing one's passions, the composition resonates with a deep sense of purpose and accomplishment.
Composition:"IKIGAI" unfolds like a tapestry of rhythm and melody, each beat of the taiko drums pulsating with raw energy and emotion. From the thunderous roar of the odaiko to the delicate resonance of the shime-daiko, each drum speaks with its own voice, weaving together a symphony of sound that transcends language and culture. The composition's dynamic structure mirrors the ebb and flow of life itself, with moments of introspection giving way to bursts of exuberance and celebration.
Philosophy:At its core, "IKIGAI" embodies the essence of the Japanese philosophy of ikigai, which holds that true fulfillment is found in the pursuit of one's passions and the realization of one's purpose. Like the beating heart of a taiko drum, ikigai pulses within us, urging us to seek out that which brings us joy and meaning. Through the immersive experience of taiko drumming, performers and listeners alike are reminded of the transformative power of passion and purpose in shaping our lives.
Performance:To witness "IKIGAI" performed live is to be transported to another realm, where the primal rhythms of the taiko drums reverberate through the air like the beating of a collective heart. The performers' synchronized movements and electrifying energy create a spectacle that is both mesmerizing and profoundly moving. As the music builds to its climactic crescendo, the audience is swept up in a wave of exhilaration and awe, experiencing firsthand the profound sense of fulfillment that comes from pursuing one's passions.
Conclusion:As the final notes of "IKIGAI" resound, lingering in the air like a benediction, a sense of peace and contentment washes over the listener. In the timeless language of rhythm and percussion, the composition speaks to the universal longing for purpose and meaning in our lives. Through the vibrant tapestry of sound that is taiko drumming, "IKIGAI" offers a glimpse into the transformative power of passion, reminding us that true fulfillment is found not in the destination, but in the journey itself.
Albert CARBONELL - IKIGAI (for Taiko drum ensemble).pdf