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TCA Grants 2020: Mini No More

Grant applications for 2020 are closed. See the TCA Grant page for current information about future grants. Do you have a taiko-related project you’re looking to fulfill in 2020? The TCA grants have grown up! Since 2016, TCA has dedicated increasing amounts of funds to the Grant Program,

Taiko Voices Journal: The Framework

This is the fourth in a series of posts by Heidi Varian, Project Coordinator for Taiko Voices, the 50th Anniversary Song Commission sponsored by TCA. APRIL: The Framework “Every beat has a story and the sounds we produce are the projection of that story.” Ryan Kimura This month, Taiko Voices added to the framework of the Taiko Voices composition. After […]

Drummer’s Circle Supports Livestream

Thanks to the generosity of our Drummer’s Circle we met the $5,000 dollar-for-dollar challenge from kaDON/Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten! In total $10,000 was raised. The additional funds supported livestream access to the Taiko Ten concert and the Opening and Closing Sessions for NATC 2019. This provided unprecedented access to a sold out conference. Thanks to the […]

Taiko Voices Journal: The Spirit

This is the third in a series of posts by Heidi Varian, Project Coordinator for Taiko Voices, the 50th Anniversary Song Commission sponsored by TCA. MARCH: The Spirit The third gathering was only a few weeks after the Pioneer Jam and the energy was humming. Did I mention there was a jam? Of course not. Because, if there […]

Taiko Voices Journal: The Pioneers

  Photographs by Lisa Duncan Photography. This is the second in a series of posts by Heidi Varian, Project Coordinator for Taiko Voices, the 50th Anniversary Song Commission sponsored by TCA. FEBRUARY: The Pioneers The memorandum of understanding for the Taiko Voices project included an inspiration session to aid in the creation of the piece. A day was selected […]

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 Introduction Taiko Voices was conceived by San Jose Taiko (SJT) General Manager and

“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,

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 […]

Taikothon 2018: Taiko Story – To 50 Years and Beyond!

The link to Taikothon 2018 is here: Taiko Story – To 50 Years and Beyond! At Taikothon 2018 we asked the community to tell us your Taiko Story: What has the last 50 years of taiko brought you and how do you see it moving forward? How have you been incorporating innovative practice or composition […]

Generous Grant Recognizes the Power of Taiko Voices

The Creative Work Fund invites artists and nonprofit organizations to create new art works through collaborations. It celebrates the role of artists as problem solvers and the making of art as a profound contribution to intellectual inquiry and to the strengthening of communities. Artists are encouraged to collaborate with nonprofit organizations of all kinds. The Creative