LATI utilizes professional-level music in its curriculum, taught by preeminent taiko performers. LATI music challenges students to develop high-level technique and musical sensitivity; skills that are relevant and empowering in any taiko setting. The development and command of exciting naname (slant-drum) movements, for example, prepares students for exciting solos in a wide range of taiko repertoire. Mastery of the considerable timing challenges of the Rock Solids prepares students for the jiuchi (backbeat) rhythms they face in their own taiko groups.
LATI music empowers students for real-world gigging. Students learn pieces like Hachijo Daiko, Jack Bazaar, and Omiyage; works regularly performed to critical acclaim by highly-respected touring ensembles. The entire LATI repertoire is licensed "copyleft", giving students the ability to perform, modify, and teach the works they learn outside the school, according to a few simple rules of sharing. LATI students learn repertoire they truly own and can benefit from as independent, performing artists.
LATI music is used in LATI/Asano Taiko US special events, giving students the opportunity to perform in a variety of settings. Regular recitals document and celebrate student progress. Annual projects arranged by LATI teachers create compelling venues for real-world artistry. Students are encouraged to form ad hoc ensembles to tackle performance opportunities and to take the music they learn back to their groups.
For more information on specific compositions, click the composition titles listed to the right.