50th Anniversary Projects

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Taiko Then, Taiko Now, Taiko And

In 1968 Tanaka-sensei became the first taiko practitioner to start a kumidaiko group outside of Japan. 50 years later the taiko community has grown to include hundreds of taiko groups in locations that encircle the globe. This year TCA kicked off a cluster of projects to celebrate 50 years of taiko in North America. Intended not only to celebrate the 50-year milestone, but also to reach into the future, these projects will continue to evolve into TCA programs designed to Empower the people and advance the art of taiko.

Taiko Then

Time Capsule

A 21st century time capsule of taiko is being created to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of taiko in North America and preserve meaningful digital materials from across the taiko community. It will be sealed on New Year’s Eve 2018 with instructions for it to be opened in 2043 on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of taiko in North America. Project Lead: Tamiko Ooka (tamiko@taikocommunityalliance.org)

Taiko Then Digital Repository

Starting with materials collected and generated by the North American Taiko Conference and TCA, volunteers have been sorting through NATC and TCA archives to identify significant physical materials that warrant digitization. As the print and video materials are digitized, they will be shared publicly. As new material becomes available, the project team will roll them out on the TCA website and TCA YouTube channel. Project Lead: Ben Pachter (ben@taikocommunityalliance.org)

Taiko Now

TCA Community Calendar

The TCA Community Calendar is now live at taikocalendar.org, providing a central resource for all taiko activities. It is a self-service tool that allows any individual or group to create an account and submit information about performances, workshops, festivals, conferences, and any other taiko happenings. Visitors to the site can easily browse the listings or search for events specific to a location and date. It’s ideal for finding a local performance. Traveling to Europe or Japan? The TCA Community Calendar will help you identify taiko activity there too. For more information or help with the calendar, contact Project Lead: Sarah Gilbert (sarah@taikocommunityalliance.org)

50th Anniversary Song Commission

The 2016 Taiko Census revealed enormous demand in the taiko community for open source pieces and resources to learn them. Through a generous donation from the Walter and Elise Haas Creative Work Fund Franco Imperial will oversee a collaboration between San Francisco Taiko Dojo, Kinnara Taiko, and San Jose Taiko to create Made in America: Taiko Voices, an open source piece to honor the legacy, generosity, and hard work of our taiko pioneers and to further the development of a new generation of taiko artists. The piece will debut in the fall of 2019. Project Lead: Rome Hamner (rome@taikocommunityalliance.org)

Local Communities

50 years ago, the taiko community in North America started with 1 taiko group. Now the North American continent boasts over 500 active taiko groups, spread across 42 states and 6 provinces. Since 1997 the North American Taiko Conference (NATC) has provided a biannual meeting place for our diverse community. To accommodate the community’s center of mass, NATC has only been held on the U.S. West Coast.  Local Communities is intended as a series of gatherings in areas across the continent to foster sharing and community-building beyond NATC and the U.S. West Coast. Project Lead: Derek Oye (derek@taikocommunityalliance.org)

Taiko And

2019 Taiko Group Census

As the taiko community reaches its 50-year milestone, taiko in North America has grown beyond a performance art shared in theaters and at festivals, to an art form engaged and involved in local communities. Taiko groups and individuals harness the power of taiko to create connections and foster positive change. Through school shows, groups impact taiko and education; at women’s and LGBTQ events, groups raise issues of taiko and identity; in senior centers, practitioners explore the intersection of taiko and aging; at Day of Remembrance events and Internment Camp reunions, taiko players support taiko and social justice. The 2019 Taiko Group Census will not only gather basic information about taiko groups but also seek supplementary information to understand how taiko is moving beyond the studio and theater in new, creative, and meaningful ways, and how best to support the taiko community across the variety of those endeavors. Project Lead: Linda Uyechi (linda@taikocommunityalliance.org)