A 'hayashi' is a group of performers who provide musical accompaniment for Japanese Noh or kabuki theatre. In Noh, they are purely instrumentalists; the type of instruments featured and the order in which they sit on stage follow established practices. The leftmost performer plays a small taiko, set on a stand before him, with two drumsticks. To his right is the ōtsuzumi hip drum, followed by the kotsuzumi shoulder drum, and the Noh flute. In kabuki, a number of shamisen players are added, along with, depending on the play, taiko drums of various sizes, various types of flutes, and other instruments, including a myriad of devices for sound effects.


  • E-flat Clarinet
  • 3 B-Flat Clarinets (divisi)
  • Alto Clarinet/Basset Horn
  • Bass Clarinet 
  • Contralto Clarinet
  • Contrabass Clarinet
  • Percussion - Shime-daiko, Wood Block, Chanchiki, Bass Drum, Snare Drum (one player) - Optional