Pounding: adj. a beating, as in with fists or sticks
Performance: n. a public presentation
Portland: n. the wonderful city across the Columbia River from where I live
Went to see Portland Taiko Saturday night. Taiko is both a particular kind of large two-ended traditional Japanese drum, and the drumming performance style.
It’s exuberant, energetic, exciting and athletically balletic. The drummers whack away with grand gestures that look like a lot of fun to execute – and like any feelings of distress or aggression they might have harbored before they picked up their long sticks would disperse quickly.
If you’ve never seen a taiko group, here’s an example: