Following the lead of Kay Fukumoto and Maui Taiko, NATC 2019 attendees were taught about the traditions of Obon and learned the steps to Fukushima Ondo (Maui Taiko style). This was not, however, the first NATC where conference attendees danced Fukushima Ondo together, and though we are far
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.
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. […]
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?
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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, […]
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. […]
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 […]