Birth of a Movement
OMNY, which stands for “One Miracle in New York,” started in late 2006 as one of Shumei’s art and beauty initiatives to engage Shumei’s youth in New York. Initially, the dream of having a taiko group in New York City seemed unrealistic for many reasons: the cost of drums, finding an affordable practice space, and finding a permanent taiko teacher to lead the group. However, thanks to the unwavering passion and generosity of Shumei members, a miracle happened and OMNY Taiko was born!
We view taiko drumming as a spiritual art. The sound of the taiko drum is as pure and as fundamental as the heartbeat and therefore has the power to cleanse ourselves and our surroundings. Our style of drumming is traditional, with our main emphasis on the taiko drums and the taiko player’s spirit.
That first miracle of beginning a taiko group blossomed into many more, including our own spiritual growth and the inspiration it gives to our audiences. Since our inception, we have performed all over the country and have collaborated with many different taiko groups, musicians, and performers.
OMNY Taiko’s members come from very diverse backgrounds, but we all have a passion for sharing the beauty of taiko with the world. As OMNY sounds like the prefix “omni” which means “all”, our motto is: “We all play as one to unite the hearts of all.”
We hope the sound of taiko drumming will resonate with your heart as it does with ours.
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