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#TaikoTuesday Insights: February

Throughout 2020, we'll be asking questions on #TaikoTuesday with a goal of learning more about our taiko community. We hope you'll feel inspired to share - who knows how many other people think like you or what new ideas you might find? February's theme was Taiko x Technology.

Eugene Taiko: Celebrating 30 Years

This is a report submitted by Randy Nishimura of Eugene Taiko, recipients of a 2019 TCA Mini-Grant. Eugene Taiko’s 30th anniversary was cause for reflection and an opportunity for the current members of the ensemble to recognize the group’s founders. The group had not observed earlier milestones, so honoring its notable history was long overdue. […]

#TaikoTuesday Insights: January

Throughout 2020, we'll be asking questions on #TaikoTuesday with a goal of learning more about our taiko community. We hope you'll feel inspired to share - who knows how many other people think like you or what new ideas you might find?

Taiko Trivia: 20 Questions for 2020

January 4th is the annual National Trivia Day, and we decided to launch a 20-question challenge on Instagram to celebrate. Looking at several facets of our North American taiko history including the North American Taiko Conference, the growth and contributions of our North American and international community, and of course, the growth of the Taiko […]

East Coast Taiko Conference 2019

This is a report submitted by Andrew Kihara on behalf of Yamatai Taiko, Cornell University, hosts of ECTC 2019. Yamatai Taiko was the recipient of a 2019 TCA Mini-Grant. The East Coast Taiko Conference (ECTC) 2019 was held on February 22-24 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The conference included over 270 people present, […]

Collegiate Players Celebrate 25th ITI

This is a report submitted by Amberlin Chen, Michelle Li, and Thi Nguyen of Stanford Taiko, hosts of NATC 2019. Stanford Taiko was a recipient of a 2019 TCA Mini-Grant. This year’s Memorial Day Weekend on Stanford’s campus was special. Together with hundreds of collegiate and professional taiko players, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of […]

Taiko and Community Website Launches

With initial support from a TCA Mini-Grant in 2018, Karen Young (The Genki Spark, Boston) has launched a new Taiko and Community website and Artist in Residence program with Yidan Zeng, Marley Kirton, and Lina Lalwani (formerly with Gendo Taiko, Providence). Taiko and Community is an initiative to recognize taiko as a source of building, […]

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. […]

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 […]

Intercollegiate Taiko Invitational 2018 @ UC Riverside

  This year Senryu Taiko hosted the 24th annual Intercollegiate Taiko Invitational, held on Memorial Weekend, May 26 and 27, 2018 at the University of California, Riverside. Initiated in 1995, The Intercollegiate Taiko Invitational (ITI) is an annual two-day gathering of collegiate players. This year’s participants included groups from California, Oregon, and