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Beyond the Drum

July 30 - August 1, 2021

Registration Now Open!

This summer, the Taiko Community Alliance will be hosting our first-ever fully virtual conference. We recognize that many in the taiko community have been without access to drums and group practice time over the past year. While this sadly doesn’t look like it will be resolved anytime soon, our goal with Beyond the Drum (BTD) is to uplift everything our community has to offer beyond the drum.

Going beyond the drum signifies the immense amount of work and skill that contributes to the preservation and growth of our taiko community outside of playing on taiko. Anyone who has ever played taiko has benefited from the work of those who contribute to the taiko community through these avenues. Someone had to harvest those drum materials. Someone had to build that drum. Someone had to secure that space to drum. Someone, somewhere, somehow brought taiko into our lives, gave us the opportunity to play, and now here we are.

REGISTRATION

Conference Pricing and Add-Ons:
Beyond The Drum is one set price for an all-access pass to the conference, including unlimited session sign-ups, access to the BTD Exhibitor Hall (coming soon) and Marketplace, and networking/social spaces with other BTD attendees.

Members: $50
Non-Members: $75

Not a TCA member? Membership can be purchased with your Beyond The Drum registration, or by visiting our Membership Page.

An Alternative to Registration:
Would you like to get outdoors and active while helping to Keep TCA Running through our TCA 5K Fundraiser? All Keep TCA Running fundraisers who raise $150 or more will receive an all-access pass to Beyond The Drum. Anyone who would like to register now to reserve a spot in one of our capped sessions can also be refunded their $75 registration fee once their fundraiser hits $150.


The Mentor Lounge (Add-On):
Have you ever wanted an opportunity to talk one-on-one with taiko community artists, leaders, and professionals whose years of experience and insight could help you on your own taiko journey? Beyond The Drum may be your opportunity!

Arrangements are still being finalized, but bookings will open in a few short weeks. Each 25-minute appointment slot will be $25 to reserve, and there is no limit on the number of appointments that you can book. Appointments will also be held outside of regular conference hours (either immediately before or immediately after each day’s planned activities) so there will be no conflict with the rest of your conference schedule.

More information about additional add-ons and conference features will be added throughout the next few weeks!

THE EXHIBITOR HALL and MARKETPLACE

Take a “walk” through our Exhibitor Hall featuring vendors with products and services to benefit the taiko community. See something you like? Follow the vendor’s directions to find their website or contact them directly.

The Marketplace:


Asano Taiko U.S. 
*Sponsoring Vendor
Asano Taiko U.S. is a full-service taiko (Japanese drum) facility located in Torrance, CA offering a walk-in store, on-site taiko maintenance and repair, and hands-on taiko classes. Visit our Vendor Booth at Beyond The Drum.


Boro Boro
At Boro Boro, Japanese textiles and kimono are our passion. We carry primarily vintage and antique kimono and textiles imported directly from Japan. Visit our Vendor Booth at Beyond The Drum.


Dekiru Productions
[Vendor Booth Coming Soon – Visit their Website]


ILYSM  
*Sponsoring Vendor
ILYSM is a collaborative footwear brand with a mission to financially support artists and give back to the creative community. Visit our Vendor Booth at Beyond The Drum.


kaDON   *Sponsoring Vendor
Launched in 2014 as a US branch of Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten, kaDON  is the world’s premier subscription-based online taiko and fue learning platform with a continuously growing library. Visit our Vendor Booth at Beyond The Drum.


Luck Larkin
[Vendor Booth Coming Soon]


Shack’s 3D Printing
Shack’s 3D Printing is a printing service, currently printing in PLA, PETG, and Resin, as well as offering custom painting of the 3D prints for an additional price. Visit our Vendor Booth at Beyond The Drum.

Snarky Hapa
I am proud to have been born and raised in Hawaii with strong cultural ties to my Japanese roots. After going through a number of difficult years, I started making things that brought me joy and reminded me of who I am and where I come from. I create curated and custom designed tote bags, cosmetic bags, t-shirts, coffee mugs, and coasters. Visit my Vendor Booth at Beyond The Drum.

Taiko Colorado
Taiko Colorado is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, making wine barrel stave taiko as well as custom taiko creations built to your specifications, and offering taiko ensemble apparel and accessories. Visit our Vendor Booth at Beyond The Drum.

Taiko Community Alliance
We finally have swag! The first-ever TCA Tee – created by our taiko community and chosen by TCA members – is now available to purchase online. Visit our Vendor Booth at Beyond The Drum.

Taiko with Toni
Toni Yagami is a Denver-based taiko musician who has pioneered the design and construction of protective travel bags for taiko equipment. Visit their Vendor Booth at Beyond The Drum.


TaikoCat
TaikoCat appeared October 2012, at the corner of Taylor and 7th Streets in San Jose’s Japantown on a utility box. Since then, she has been inviting everyone to spread the joy and healing power of taiko around the world. Visit her Vendor Booth at Beyond The Drum.


TaikoMom Bachi Bags
TaikoMom Bachi Bags makes handmade bags to carry all your taiko bachi in style. A sturdy bag that is functional, practical, versatile and allows you to define your style by choosing what fabric design appeals to you. Visit our Vendor Booth at Beyond The Drum.

Below is a collection of topics that highlight ways in which our community engages with taiko “beyond the drum.”

What are you interested in seeing at Beyond the Drum this summer? You can let us know through any of the following options:

  1. Click on the “thumbs up” (👍) icon on any topic that you are interested in. You can “upvote” as many topics as you’d like. If you change your mind, simply click the thumb again to tuck it away.
     
  2. Click on the topic to read the full description, and leave a comment if there are particular areas you are interested in, whether they’re included in the description already or not. We recognize that many of these topics can go in a huge array of directions!

  3. Send an email to sarah@taikocommunityalliance.org to suggest another topic that we have not already included here. We will continue adding to this list throughout the first few weeks of April.
  1. Click on the “thumbs up” (👍) icon on any topic that you are interested in. You can “upvote” as many topics as you’d like. If you change your mind, simply click the thumb again to tuck it away.
     
  2. Click on the topic to read the full description, and leave a comment if there are particular areas you are interested in, whether they’re included in the description already or not. We recognize that many of these topics can go in a huge array of directions!

  3. Send an email to sarah@taikocommunityalliance.org to suggest another topic that we have not already included here. We will continue adding to this list throughout the first few weeks of April.

These topics are not guaranteed for our Beyond the Drum conference this summer. The finalized session offerings will depend on many factors including the availability of facilitators and how the conference continues to evolve through the work of our BTD Committee and community input.

Would you like to teach/present/facilitate/do something at Beyond the Drum? We are now accepting proposals through April 19, 2021. To learn more about the types of proposals we are seeking, eligibility requirements, compensation, and – of course – to submit your proposal, please follow the link below.


Questions?
Please contact TCA Program Manager, Kristina McGaha (kristina@taikocommunityalliance.org).

Would you like to teach/present/facilitate/do something at Beyond the Drum? We are now accepting proposals through April 19, 2021. To learn more about the types of proposals we are seeking, eligibility requirements, compensation, and – of course – to submit your proposal, please follow the link below.


Questions?
Please contact TCA Program Manager, Kristina McGaha (kristina@taikocommunityalliance.org).

 

*A Note on Information Collected When Voting: Many WordPress voting systems require the entry of a name and email in order to prevent multiple votes from a single person. We are unable to turn this feature off, but we trust you. We are not tracking nor saving this information, and you are welcome to enter a name and email in a way that protects your anonymity. There will be no need to confirm the email, and the name entered will not be tied to the topic(s) you vote for. There have been some reports of issues with this feature on mobile devices, so voting on a laptop/desktop is recommended. For any additional questions or concerns, please reach out at any time to Sarah Gilbert (sarah@taikocommunityalliance.org).

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THE MENTOR LOUNGE

Have you ever wanted an opportunity to talk one-on-one with taiko community artists, leaders, and professionals whose years of experience and insight could help you on your own taiko journey? Beyond The Drum may be your opportunity!

The BTD Mentor Lounge is a place for you to meet with a taiko community mentor of your choice. What can you talk about? Anything! Each mentor listed below has volunteered time to meet with and discuss a wide variety of topics based on their personal experiences and areas of expertise in the hopes of helping members of our taiko community with aspirations in similar areas, while also supporting the BTD conference.

Each 25-minute appointment slot will be $25 to reserve. Appointments will also be held outside of regular conference hours (either immediately before or immediately after each day’s planned activities) so there will be no conflict with the rest of your conference schedule.

Thanks to the generosity of these taiko community mentors, 100% of funds raised through the BTD Mentor Lounge will go to support Beyond The Drum and the Taiko Community Alliance.

So, what are you waiting for? Hear from our Beyond The Drum mentors below and book your one-on-one session today. Limited spaces available!

*Please Note: You must be registered for Beyond The Drum to attend a Mentor Lounge session.

Ai Matsuda

Born and raised in Japan until the age of 16, Ai Matsuda moved to Hawaii to study English. There, she began to play Taiko with Hawaii Matsuri Taiko lead by Mrs. Faye Komagata, her aunt at the Ryusenji Soto Mission Buddhist temple in Wahiawa, Hawaii. She then had the opportunities to learn from the Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka of the San Francisco Taiko Dojo (recipient of the 2001 National Heritage Fellowship awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts), Kiyonari Tosha of the Nihon Taiko Dojo in Tokyo, PJ & Roy Hirabayashi of the San Jose Taiko, Etsuo Hongo of the Los Angeles Matsuri Taiko, and Kenny Endo of the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble in Honolulu, Hawaii. She became a member of the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble in 1999, performing both in Hawaii and the mainland U.S. with Endo and other professional musicians. She has taught adults and kids classes at the Taiko Center of the Pacific. In 2011, she returned to Tokyo, Japan, where she continued learning Taiko from Yuu Ishizuka, and now studies Classical Japanese music (Kabuki Bayashi) from Saburo Mochizuki, and Edo Bayashi/Shinobue/Shishimai from Kyosuke Suzuki of the Taneo Wakayama School of Wakayama Shachu recognized by the Japanese Ministry of Culture to be an “important intangible cultural property of Japanese fine arts.”

Affiliations: Kyosuke Suzuki, Saburo Mochizuki, Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble

Areas offering Mentorship:

  • Studying Taiko in Japan (things to expect)
 
 

CHIZUKO ENDO

Chizuko Endo has been playing taiko for over 40 years; first with the San Francisco Taiko Dojo, then Osuwa Taiko of Nagano, Oedo Sukeroku Taiko of Tokyo, and currently with the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble and Taiko Center of the Pacific. She has performed throughout the world with Oedo Sukeroku Taiko (Tokyo) and the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble.

Chizuko serves as Managing Director, instructor, and performer of Taiko Center of the Pacific. She is also an Artistic Teaching Partner in Hawaii public schools conducting short term taiko residencies. She offered a 5 week intensive course for grades 3-8 at Punahou Summer School for 20 years. In 2016, she was honored with the inaugural “Distinguished Alumni” award from the University of Hawaii’s School of Pacific and Asian Studies Department, and in 2017, honored along with  TCP co-founder Kenny Endo with the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii’s “Sharing the Spirit of Aloha” award.

Affiliations: Taiko Center of the Pacific

Areas offering Mentorship:

  • Studying in Japan
  • Costuming
  • Concert Production

Donna Ebata

Program Director for Kodo Arts Sphere America, an affiliate organization of Kodo, doing workshop tours, KASA/Mix tours to Sado Island, small concerts in North America. Long-time member of Kinnara Taiko and Gagaku.

Affiliation: Kodo Arts Sphere America

Areas offering Mentorship:

  • Information on applying for international visas (from Japan) from a lay perspective
  • Interests in visiting Kodo on Sado Island
  • Taking a taiko group to Sado.
 
 

Iris Shiraishi

Iris Shiraishi is a Japanese/ Hawaiian/ Jewish-American musician, composer, teacher and music therapist who has been living and working in St. Paul for almost 40 years. She has degrees in music composition (BMus/University of Hawaii; MA/University of Iowa), arts administration (MFA/University of Iowa) and music therapy/education (PhD/University of Minnesota). She is the Catalyst for TaikoArts Midwest’s ensemble-MA and Edo Bayashi Ensemble and is on the faculty of MacPhail Center for Music. Her TaikoAlive! program reaches out to communities through performances and workshops, and is geared towards older adults those without ready access to taiko.

Affiliation: TaikoArts Midwest

Areas offering Mentorship:

  • Taiko learning with older adults across the spectrum
  • Intersection of taiko and the Alexander Technique
  • Approaching/Learning Edo Bayashi
 
 

Jeanne Mercer

46 years taiko experience – starting in 1972 with San Franciscio Taiko Dojo; co-founded Shasta Taiko (1985 to present) & ShastaYama (20052016). Pioneering American taiko artist. Performed & recorded taiko with improvisation & jazz with Russel Baba Masato Baba, Andrew Hill, Michael White, & Eddie Moore. Awarded 12 California Arts Council Artist in Residence grants. Member of Tadaima.

Affiliation: Shasta Taiko

Areas offering Mentorship:

  • Experiences with teaching (children & adults)
  • Improvisation & creativity in taiko
  • Experience with ShastaYama (community involvement, fundraising, setting up staging, sound, & lighting outdoors, showcasing other taiko artists, groups & other musicians).

Kenny Endo

Taiko artist, Kenny Endo explores new possibilities for the ancient Japanese taiko.  Starting in 1975 with Kinnara Taiko and San Francisco Taiko Dojo, Kenny later spent ten years in Japan working with Osuwa Daiko and O Edo Sukeroku Taiko.  He received his natori in hogaku hayashi from the Mochizuki school and studied Edo Bayashi in the Wakayama style.  He is a performer, composer, and instructor based in Honolulu where he is artistic director of the Taiko Center of the Pacific.  Kenny regularly performs original music with his ensemble as well as through collaborations with artists from around the world. Kenny is proud to perform on taiko provided courtesy of Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten. 

Affiliation: Taiko Center of the Pacific

Areas offering Mentorship:

  • Performing
  • Teaching
  • Composing
  • Studying in Japan
  • Taiko instruments
 
 

Kris Bergstrom & Minh Nguyen

Kris has spent the pandemic quarantined with his collaborator, Minh Nguyen. They are currently practicing hybrid drumset and timing. Minh is taking online taiko classes with LATI (Yuta), while Kris is focused on composition. Their dream is to pull together a touring show for when touring is a thing again (2024?).

Affiliation: Arugakki

Areas offering Mentorship:

  • We’re happy to advise on anything but we’re definitely coming from the all-taiko-all-the-time perspective.
  • We’re probably most useful to people trying/hoping to commit themselves fully to art and who think their contributions might include composition/creation.
 
 

Linda Uyechi

Current taiko interests: collegiate sustainability – during and post-pandemic, documenting N.A. taiko, honoring our pioneers, playing taiko again. Tech Comm Chair: 2013 – 2020. TCA Consultant: Nov. 2018 – April 2020. Member of local organizing team for 2011 NATC and TCA Launch in 2013. Served on NATC Advisory Board at JACCC. Former member of Stanford Taiko and San Jose Taiko. Currently playing with Jun Daiko (Mt. View, CA) and co-advisor of Stanford Taiko. Co-instructor, with Steve Sano, for AsnAmSt/Music 31N “Behind the Big Drums”, a Stanford introductory seminar.

Affiliation: Jun Daiko

Areas offering Mentorship:

  • Taiko in academia
  • Working with universities
  • Research
  • Grant Writing
  • Working with seniors
 
 

Mark H Rooney

The self-proclaimed “world’s most dangerous half-Japanese, half-Scottish solo improvisational taiko artist”, Mark H Rooney has been studying, teaching and performing taiko around the globe for 20+ years.

Affiliations: Mark H Taiko, Miyako Taiko

Areas offering Mentorship:

  • Group dynamics (cultural engineering)
  • Taiko as a business
  • Teaching taiko
  • Starting your own taiko group
 
 

Masato Baba

Masato (Maz) Baba is the Artistic Director for TAIKOPROJECT and a founding member of On Ensemble. Born into a musical family, Maz started playing taiko at age 6 under the tutelage of his parents and professional taiko players, Russel Baba and Jeanne Mercer of Shasta Taiko. In Honolulu for several years, Maz studied extensively with taiko master, Kenny Endo, played with the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble, and taught for the Taiko Center of the Pacific. With more than thirty years of experience studying, performing, and teaching taiko, Maz is one of the most respected taiko players in North America, and has toured extensively not only in the United States but also in Japan, Macau, South and Central America, the UAE, and Germany.

Affiliations: TAIKOPROJECT, On Ensemble

Areas offering Mentorship:

  • Artistic/music direction
  • Composing
  • Studying in Japan
 
 

michelle fujii

Taiko artist and Unit Souzou Co-director, Michelle Fujii, creates contemporary work centered in the art forms of taiko and Japanese folk dance. Michelle’s work navigates the multifaceted complexity of identity in our communities, a constant excavation to claim their own identity story. Her most recent work, Constant State of Otherness, is a National Performance Network and New England Foundation for the Arts funded project, centering on the historical and divisive ways that othering has pervasively affected our communities.

Affiliations: Unit Souzou

Areas offering Mentorship:

  • Socially-engaged taiko compositions, productions, projects
 

Rome Hamner

Rome has been performing and teaching taiko for over 20 years. During this time she has launched and co-directed three arts organizations, and she currently sits on the TCA Board. Performance highlights include drumming while suspended 200ft above an audience of 20,000, playing at international festivals, televised performances, and combining circus and fire arts with taiko. In addition to her extensive performance experience, Rome holds an Orff certification and has developed hundreds of curricula for learners of all ages. She’s taught taiko in public schools, including Title I schools, private schools, and in community and after-school settings, as well as in tribal and rural communities. She currently operates the How To Teach Taiko blog and performs with the South Bay Beat Institute, TaikoSOBA, Queer Taiko, and Jun Daiko and works as the General Manager for San Jose Taiko.

Affiliations: South Bay Beat Institute, San Jose Taiko, Jun Daiko, Taiko SOBA

Areas offering Mentorship:

  • Teaching taiko in schools or community settings, to any age
  • Fundraising and grant writing
  • General nonprofit management.
 
 

Roy Hirabayashi

Champion for social justice, multicultural arts, and cultural preservation. An activist in the arts community known for starting organizations, fiscal management, fund-raising, and empowering the next generation of leaders. Nationally recognized folk and traditional artist, composer, producer, and collaborator in international projects. Recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow and an American Leadership Forum John W. Gardner Leadership awardee. He is co-founder and former Artistic and Executive Director of one of the seminal taiko groups in North America, San Jose Taiko, the third taiko group to begin in North America.

Areas offering Mentorship:

  • Social Justice & Activism in the Arts
  • Multicultural Arts
  • Cultural Preservation
  • Starting Organizations
  • Fiscal Management
  • Fundraising
  • Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders
 
 

Russel Baba

46 years taiko & fue experience – starting in 1972 with San Francisco Taiko Dojo; co-founder of Shasta Taiko (1985 to present) & ShastaYama (2005-2016). Pioneering American taiko artist. 52 years experience on saxophone & flutes – performed & recorded original music with jazz artists Andrew Hill, Michael White, & Eddie Moore; taiko artists Jeanne Mercer, Masato Baba, & Shoji Kameda, & butoh dancers Min Tanaka & Koichi Tamano. Original work has received favorable reviews in national publications DownBeat, Jazz Times, Musician Magazine, Coda, & Cadence. Awarded 12 Artists in Residence & 3 Multi-Cultural grants & served as panelist for the California Arts Council. Leader of Tadaima, a creative music ensemble.

Affiliation: Shasta Taiko

Areas offering Mentorship:

  • Experiences with teaching (children & adults)
  • Improvisation & creativity in taiko
  • Experience with ShastaYama (community involvement, fundraising, setting up staging, sound, & lighting outdoors, showcasing other taiko artists, groups & other musicians).

 

shoji kameda

Shoji is a Grammy nominated musician, composer and producer. He started playing taiko at the age of 8 and has spent over 30 years teaching and performing taiko throughout the world. He composed the original score for Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story, Audience Award winner for Best Documentary at the Slamdance Film Festival. He was featured in the music of the hit NBC TV show “Heroes” performed with Stevie Wonder at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and received a Grammy nomination with jazz fusion band Hiroshima for his work on their album Legacy. As a founding member of On Ensemble and the group’s primary creative force he produced On Ensemble’s critically acclaimed albums. In 2014 he partnered with other leading taiko artists and instrument maker Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten to create kaDON.com an online venture dedicated to making high quality instruction, repertoire and instruments accessible to the entire taiko world.

Affiliation: kaDON, On Ensemble

Areas offering Mentorship:

  • Teaching
  • Touring
  • Composition
  • Strategies on how to do taiko professionally

Stan Shikuma

Stan Shikuma is a taiko performer, composer and percussionist who plays with Seattle Kokon Taiko and directs Kaze Daiko (taiko youth group). Past projects include work on new opera, Butoh dance, and puppet theatre. Stan also writes and lectures on taiko history, teaching, and performance. As a social activist, Stan works with Tsuru for Solidarity, Tule Lake Pilgrimage, Japanese American Citizen League (JACL), Tech Equity Coalition, and Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA).

Affiliation: Seattle Kokon Taiko, Kaze Daiko, Regional Taiko Gathering

Areas offering Mentorship:

  • Diversity/Equity/Inclusion
  • Creating Progressive Art
  • Coalition Building
  • Group Dynamics
  • Hosting a Conference

 

Steve Sano

Steve Sano, along with Linda Uyechi, is co-Faculty Advisor for Stanford Taiko. They also both teach Stanford’s academic seminar on North American Taiko. In the other part of his academic life, he is a Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies at Stanford.

Affiliation: Stanford Taiko

Areas offering Mentorship:

  • Taiko in the collegiate space: building on-campus partnerships and navigating the sometimes Byzantine academic environment!

Tiffany Tamaribuchi

Tiffany Tamaribuchi has mad taiko van packing skills! She’s also a certifiable taiko geek with a head chock-full of taiko-related information. She’s studied in Japan and toured professionally all over the world, helping several students to become professional taiko artists in North America and Japan. She’s successfully maintained many long-term working relationships with several international artists and has envisioned, produced, managed, and crewed or staffed a number of programs, concerts, and tours. Over the years, she’s experienced both epic successes and failures…and if she doesn’t have the answer to your questions she can probably connect you with someone who does.

Affiliation: JODAIKO, Sacramento Taiko Dan, Kasuga Onigumi

Areas offering Mentorship:

  • Training in Japan
  • Working with Japanese Artists
  • Small event/concert/gig/workshop planning and production
  • The developmental stages of a taiko group
  • Crowdfunding – helpful tips people have given me
  • Taiko Skills – things you can improve more easily without a drum in front of you
  • Vision – Developing Pieces and Performers
  • Going Pro
  • How staged performances ruin some things and make other things better
  • You might not think you are an artist, but you are.

 

Toni Yagami

Toni has a B.A. in Music Ed. and started playing taiko in 1978 with Denver Taiko, moved to California in 1988 to join San Jose Taiko as staff and performer, returned to Denver in 1995 and started Taiko with Toni. She was a participant of the RhythMix trip to Sado in 2001 which became KasaMix in 2003, and was the trip coordinator in 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014.

Affiliation: Taiko with Toni

Areas offering Mentorship:

  • Starting a business
  • Marketing
  • Networking
  • Teaching
  • Performing
  • Group taiko in general (group politics, keeping a group going, balancing taiko like and outside life, etc!)
  • Relationships with Japan groups

 

Tony Jones

Graduated from Makawao School in 1975 where he learned everything important. Helped to found Zenshin Daiko in March, 1999. Serves as Managing Director and runs the day to day business side of Zenshin Daiko as a 501(c)(3). Organizes workshops with visiting professional taiko artists. Organizes Annual Taiko Festival Concerts. Oversees making drums from wine barrels. Drives the truck to gigs.

Affiliation: Zenshin Daiko

Areas offering Mentorship:

  • 501(c)(3) stuff
  • Wine barrel drum making
  • Drum making from rough sawn wood
  • Running a children’s group
  • Producing an annual concert
  • Booking and preparing for gigs
  • Setting up workshops with professional taiko artists
  • Setting up the ultimate taiko transportation vehicle

 

Tyrone Nakawatase

Tyrone Nakawatase has been involved with taiko for over 33 years and has been involved with many different aspects of the community including performing, teaching, song writing, founder and co-leader of Inochi Taiko, NATC, TCA, RTG, RTG – Seattle (no profit group), STI, mentoring collegiate taiko, and running the podcast Talkin’ Taiko with Tyrone.

Affiliation: Inochi Taiko, Talkin’ Taiko with Tyrone

Areas offering Mentorship:

  • Leading a Group
  • Founding a group
  • Podcasting (creative direction and programing only)
  • Song Writing
  • Networking
  • Taiko Goal Setting
  • Taiko Life Experiences

Wisa Uemura

Wisa Uemura, San Jose Taiko Executive Director – In her 23 years with San Jose Taiko, Wisa has served as Performer, Artistic Staff, General Manager and in July 2011 Wisa succeeded a co-founder to lead the organization as Executive Director. Recognized as a leader within her field, Wisa has led presentations on taiko, succession planning, organizational culture and communications, nonprofit fundraising and women’s empowerment at the North American Taiko Conference, World Taiko Gathering, Alliance of Artists Communities National Conference, the National Consortium of Creative Placemaking Pacific Summit, and the inaugural NEA Folk & Traditional Arts Convening. She has served on state and national peer review grant panels and has completed executive management trainings with BoardSource, FMA, and the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.

Affiliation: San Jose Taiko

Areas offering Mentorship:

  • Nonprofit management
  • Fundraising
  • Budgeting
  • Touring
  • Event planning
  • Community outreach
  • Working with other artists and artforms (collaborations)
  • Group dynamics/communication
  • Succession planning
  • Strategic planning
  • Stage production

 

Yuta Kato

After seven years studying with San Francisco Taiko Dojo, Kato was a leader of UCLA Kyodo Taiko before moving to Japan to study at Nihon Taiko Dojo and on Hachijo island. He performed professionally with TAIKOPROJECT, On Ensemble, Portland Taiko, and coordinated the 2011 North American Taiko Conference before turning his attention to taiko teaching. Kato currently resides in California serving as the principal and instructor for LATI (Los Angeles Taiko Institute) housed at the state-of-the-art taiko facility – Asano Taiko US. He performs as a member of UnitOne (Torrance, CA).

Affiliation: LATI

Areas offering Mentorship:

  • Technique philosophy
  • Teaching
  • Studying in Japan
  • Practice planning

 

Accessing the BTD Platform for the First Time:


Scroll through the 5 slides below for a step-by-step guide on how to activate your account on the Beyond The Drum platform.
[ Event Registration Required to Log in and access the full BTD conference. ]Attendees will receive an email once the BTD platform opens for them to access.

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