BERKELEY ●Annual Events
International Taiko Festival November. Cal Performances, at U.C. Berkeley, Zellerbach Hall. It’s hard to imagine something more exhilarating than witnessing one muscle-bound taiko drummer after another beating out an intoxicating primal rhythm. Dating back 2,000 years, the thunderous sound of these drums was once used to stimulate rain and then, later, to signal Japanese armies into battle. It is said to be the heartbeat of the Japanese people. San Francisco’s internationally acclaimed Taiko Dojo usually performs on a 1-ton, 12-foot-high drum--the largest in the western hemisphere.