Nozomi Daiko performs traditional Japanese festival music as well as modern art music,
and sound plays of Japanese stories and legends merged with taiko drum and koto.
The group is especially suited for educational programs on Japan.

Nozomi Daiko is a taiko (Japanese drum) ensemble comprised of students and faculty of the University of Alabama, and others from the community who just love to play drums! In 2002, the University of Alabama Capstone International Program purchased a set of 7 kumidaiko style drums from the Asano Taiko company with the help of our sponsors: JVC, Narashino Sister City Commission, the Alabama-Japan Society, and the UA Japan Program.

A core group of people were given a workshop by Marco Lienhard, formerly of Ondekoza and now of Taikoza. Laurie Arizumi was in the original group and leads the Nozomi Daiko drum ensemble today.

See more pictures of Nozomi Daiko! Visit our online taiko album HERE

Nozomi Daiko meets in the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) Capstone International Office, 135 B.B. Comer Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

If you are interested in hiring Nozomi Daiko, or joining the group, contact Laurie Arizumi:





Links to other Taiko sites HERE

Learn to speak Japanese HERE