Beyond The Drum – The Taikoverse
Welcome to The Taikoverse!
The Taiko Community Alliance invites you to join us in a unique concert experience. The Taikoverse is a digital world built by taiko people, for taiko people (this means you!), utilizing the popular Gather.Town platform.
Pay As You Can
Starting at: $5
Suggested Donation: $15
What is Gather.Town?
Gather.Town is a social platform that creates virtual spaces to bring people together and connect authentically. The platform combines video calling with exploration of a custom 2-D world, making it more spontaneous and enjoyable to get together. In this instance, we’ve built our own a taiko-centric universe – or taikoverse, if you will – for our community to gather and celebrate this incredible art form like never before. Learn more about the platform below!
What will we do in The Taikoverse?
Our taiko universe is divided into several zones featuring games, museum-like informational displays, networking and relaxed conversation spaces, and, of course our Taikoverse concert venue where we will premiere the main event: Obon Classics
About OBON CLASSICS:
Originally recorded in isolation from locations spanning coast to coast, Obon Classics features arrangements of traditional bon odori festival music. Performed together in-person for the very first time, this Taikoverse premiere concert features Isaku Kageyama, Sumie Kaneko, and David Wells performing Yagi Bushi, Hokkai Bon no Uta, Sohma Bon Uta, and Tanko Bushi.
Immediately following the performance, stick around for a live Q&A with the artists.
Isaku Kageyama is a taiko performer and educator working with Los Angeles Taiko Institute and Asano Taiko U.S. UnitOne. His resume includes performances on networks such as NBC and VH1, venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and tours of across the world. Formerly a principal drummer of premiere ensemble Amanojaku, he holds a Bachelor of Music from the Berklee College of Music and a Master of Arts from Longy School of Music of Bard College. He is also a two-time National Odaiko (large drum) Champion, becoming the youngest person to win highest honors at the Mt. Fuji Odaiko Contest in 2000, and Hokkaido in 2003.
voice, shamisen, dance
Sumie Kaneko creates music that spans a millennium. A master in the traditional repertoire of these ancient instruments, she has also pioneered their use in jazz and experimental music, through solo and group performances worldwide. She has collaborated with such artists as Pulitzer Winner Paula Vogel, Gamelan Galak Tika’s Evan Zyporyn, RONIN’s Nik Bärtsch, taiko artist Kenny Endo, Kaoru Watanabe, and gidayu-shamisen virtuoso Yumiko Tanaka. She has performed at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Blue Note NY, TED talk, Regattabar, Getty Center, Boston Ballet, Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
David Wells began his musical journey as a clarinet player under the guidance of his father, a professional jazz musician. In 2003, he discovered Stanford Taiko, performing internationally with the group and eventually serving as one of the group’s Artistic Directors. Since then, David has trained extensively and has performed with such groups as the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble, TAIKOPROJECT, Prota, On Ensemble, and Unit Souzou. He is an instructor at the Los Angeles Taiko Institute and an avid composer, having created work for all of the ensembles with which he has performed in addition to several commissioned works.
How To: Gather Town
As part of this concert experience, you will be entering a 2-D virtual space hosted on the Gather.Town platform. To help you get the most out of this experience, we highly recommend exploring the resources below to get acclimated and comfortable navigating The Taikoverse.
Try out a demo tutorial that allows you to enter and navigate an example Gather space. Test out those navigation tools and get your feet wet*!
*You may need to use your imagination for this one.