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Taiko Voices Journal: The Introduction

Photograph by Lisa Duncan Photography.   This is the first in a series of posts by Heidi Varian, Project Coordinator for Taiko Voices, the 50th Anniversary Song Commission sponsored by TCA that earned a highly competitive Creative Work Fund grant  in October of last year. JANUARY: The

Issho: A Minnesota Taiko Celebration

This is a report submitted by Marit Hanson and Christopher Stephan on behalf of Harisen Daiko, host of a Minnesota taiko gathering. Harisen Daikoe was the recipient of a 2019 TCA Mini-Grant. On Tuesday, March 19, five taiko groups filled the Gremlin Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota, preparing to perform together for the first time. […]

Join TCA’s Board of Directors

APPLICATIONS for 2020 WILL BE AVAILABLE in SPRING 2020 Are you a passionate taiko player or taiko appreciator?  Are you striving to be a leader and a catalyst for change in your community? Do you have ideas and a vision to shape the future of the taiko community?  Apply for a position on TCA’s Board of Directors! […]

TCA to Receive $30,000 NEA Grant

  National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $27 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019.  Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $30,000 to TCA to support the North American Taiko Conference, August 9-11, 2019 […]

“Taiko Voices” Coordinator Announced

TCA is pleased to announce that Heidi Varian has accepted the position of Project Coordinator for Taiko Voices, the 50th Anniversary Song Commission efforts that earned a highly competitive Creative Work Fund grant  in October of last year. Heidi will be working closely with the Taiko Voices collaborating team, Franco Imperial of San Jose Taiko, Kate Meigneux of Kinnara,

TCA Board Members attend CAC Partner & Networks Meeting

In December, TCA Board Members Akemi Imai and Derek Oye traveled to Sacramento to attend the California Arts Council (CAC) Partner & Networks Grantee Meeting. In a positive sign for the arts in California, it was the first time in 16 years that CAC was able to organize a meeting for this group of grantees. So for many, it was a new […]

2019 Mini-Grants Awarded

With an on-going commitment to empower people to pursue and advance taiko, TCA rolled out its most generous mini-grant program to date. Over $10,000 is being awarded to six projects that reflect the inspiring diversity of geography, group philosophy, and membership of North American taiko. From honoring group history in Eugene and New York City, to making taiko […]

‘Tis the Season for Taiko!

Greet the New Year with TCA’s first ever Holiday Voucher for NATC 2019!  Available for purchase until December 31st, 2018* As we close out the old year and ring in the new, TCA is looking forward to hosting NATC 2019 at Portland State University. We’ll be in Portland, Oregon, August 9-11, 2019, and can’t wait to welcome […]

Simpson Taiko Builds Two Drums from One Barrel

This is a report submitted by Marc Steuben of Simpson Taiko. Simpson Taiko, through Simpson United Methodist Church, was a recipient of a 2018 TCA Mini-Grant. A few years ago, in an effort to play on more drums and fewer buckets, Marc, from newly formed Simpson Taiko, in Arvada, Colorado, started experimenting with ways to make good-sounding drums more […]