Odaiko New England

Type: Performance
Art Form: Music
Grade Level: K - 12

Odaiko New England (ONE) was formed in 1994 and is one of the premier taiko groups on the East Coast. By combining Japanese aesthetic sensibility with the American spirit, ONE has forged its own distinctive style and voice.

In Japan the sounds of taiko are infused into various aspects of daily life. From Shinto and Buddhist rituals to celebratory festivals, taiko is said to be the voice and spirit of the Japanese. Its rhythms reflect the sounds of nature, the changing of the seasons, a mother’s heartbeat. The sound of taiko is palpable and its language is universal. It speaks across boundaries of race, class, culture, and religion, and appeals to people of all ages and gender.

Brought together by a common love of taiko, the members and supporters of Odaiko New England reflect the diversity of New England, united to share taiko with as many people as possible. 

Elaine Fong
Elaine Fong has over thirty five years of percussion and movement experience. She has performed with several taiko groups, and founded Odaiko New England, the first taiko (Japanese drum) group in Massachusetts. Ms. Fong has worked across disciplines, composing taiko and percussion scores for film, dance, and theater. Most recently with Danza Organica. Elaine N. Fong is also a certified Taketina rhythmic movement facilitator. Ms. Fong received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. She has not-for-profit administrative experience and has also worked in the public and private sector. Ms. Fong has served on several boards including the YWCA of Boston, Odaiko New England, and Rhythmix Cultural Works. 

Programs Offered

Odaiko New England performs taiko Japanese drumming for schools