Songs

Aijanaika (The Lament of Aisa)

Airbender (Become a Leaf / Happa ni natte)

Ao Nami (The Blue Wave)

Ayame (Iris)

Ayame is a song created by our very own Olivia James. The song utilizes an interesing chu and odaiko combination, something unique to the rest of our songs.

The piece is dedicated to Iris Shiraishi as a way to thank all of Mu Daiko for the experience they gave Olivia during her years as a student. Incorporating a variety of movements, its aim is to emphasize layers and overlapping parts.

Bakuhatsu (Explosions)

Bisuketto to Kiken (Biscuits and Danger)

Bisuketto to Kiken (Biscuits and Danger), is a St. Olaf Taiko original song, composed by our own Steven Braun. The best parts of this song are the odaiko solo, and the switching of drum positions during the song.

Densetsu (Legend)

Earthbender

Hoshizora (Starry Sky)

Jouba (Pounding Hooves)

Jouba is a song created by Steven Braun, once President of our club. The song is quite catchy, and is at times reminiscent of The Legend of Zelda.

Matsuri (Festival)

Matsuri is the first song that our Kohai, or first-year performers, learn in our Taiko group. Translated to English, the name means Festival.

The song has distinct parts, starting with kiai of each player. Then the Chu players play the main parts of the song, which total to four main verses. Odaiko players then play the same main phrase of Matsuri by themselves. All players join in for the bridge, solos are performed, if any, and then all players play the bridge and song one more time. And that’s Matsuri in a nutshell!

Nami (Wave)

Omiyage (Gift)

Omiyage is an open-source song, originally from TAIKOPROJECT. In Japanese, Omiyage means gift or souvenir. It’s our gift to you! Our group was taught by Joe Mignano of Mu Daiko. It’s a spectacular song.

Ouichi (The Greatest)

Ouichi is a song created by the famous taiko-master Kenny Endo, and our group is lucky enough to be able to play it. It’s a song with a lot of energy. It’s amazingly fun to play—but also exhausting. Ouichi can be played either in a solo or a paired formation.

Raku (Fun)

Raku means fun in Japanese, and it holds to its name. Originally developed by Shidara Taiko, Raku is fun to play and to watch.

Raku is a song originally developed by Shidara Taiko, taught to the St. Olaf group by Mu Daiko. It’s a very laid-back piece, and is always a member and crowd favorite.

Ryū no Shokuji (The Dragon’s Meal)

Tatakai (Fight!)

Tatakai is a song written by one of our more musically-inclined members to see if it was plausible to perform a Taiko song in ⅞ time.

The Dancing Bear of Dublin (Odoru Kuma)

Yūbinkyouku he no Tabi (The Journey to the Post Office)

Yuubinkyouku he no Tabi (Journey to the Post Office), was our first-ever original St. Olaf Taiko song, created by Steven Braun. It has a similar feel to Matsuri, but has slightly more energy and emphasis on form. Yuubinkyouku utilizes two fue (flute) solos, along with an added crescendo by Odaiko in some sections.