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2018 Mini-Grants Awarded

TCA is proud to announce the mini grant projects that will be receiving funding in 2018. 2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of taiko in North America, and TCA has dedicated a total of $5,000 to the mini-grant program in honor of this milestone. Project proposals were evaluated on the following

2017 Year End Lookback

2017 was a huge year for TCA.  Check out the list below for a lookback at some of this year’s highlights!  Any way you slice it, 2017 was a whirlwind of excitement, and we cannot thank you enough for being part of our community. NORTH AMERICAN TAIKO CONFERENCE During the weekend of August 10-13, TCA […]

NATC 2017 Evaluation

The North American Taiko Conference (NATC) 2017 attracted more than 700 participants from eight countries. Taiko Community Alliance endeavoured to capture and honor the experiences of those who took part while learning valuable lessons for the next iteration of the conference. NATC 2017 was therefore evaluated slightly differently in comparison to past conferences, and the

Taikothon 2017: Then and Now

Relive Taikothon 2017 here: Then And Now – Celebrating 50 Years of North American Taiko This year, TCA dedicated Taikothon as a place of celebration for 50 years of taiko in North America and asked the community to share their thoughts: Reflecting back on the past 50 years, what stands out to you? Who has […]

Recording Taiko with Isaku Kageyama

Recording Taiko: Important Points Two useful resources discussed in this article:  “the Kodo beat” volume 79 – winter 2000 The Recording Revolution When a single note is played on the taiko, we’re actually hearing a combination of several sounds.  Different mics are used to capture these different sounds. The Glyn Johns method outlines the role […]

Recording Taiko with Chung Wan Choi

Quality audio and visual recordings of taiko can be challenging to create.  TCA has sought professional advice from experienced sound recording specialist Chung Wan Choi. Watch his presentation here: Recording Taiko with Chung Wan Choi.

NATC 2019: Request for Proposals

Interested in hosting NATC 2019? Please review the Request For Proposal (RFP) below. Contact Stan Shikuma (stan@taikocommunityalliance.org) or Johnny Mori (johnny@taikocommunity.  REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: HOSTING THE 2019 NORTH AMERICAN TAIKO CONFERENCE The Taiko Community Alliance (TCA) The Taiko Community Alliance (TCA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit music service organization

Costuming 101: Momohiki

Join Yuu Ishizuka and Ai Matsuda as they present Costuming 101, an informative series from Japan produced for TCA. In this three-part sequence, Yuu-san explains the history of momohiki, also known as matahiki or nagapachi, traditional Japanese work trousers.

Costuming 101: Tabi

Join Yuu Ishizuka and Ai Matsuda as they present Costuming 101, an informative series from Japan produced for TCA. In Episode 2 of their Costuming 101 series, Yuu Ishizuka and Ai Matsuda talk tabi, traditional Japanese footwear, which come in many sizes, types, and colors. Watch as Yuu-san shares his insights about jika tabi, air tabi, and […]

Costuming 101: Teko

Join Yuu Ishizuka and Ai Matsuda as they present Costuming 101, an informative series from Japan produced for TCA. In their first episode, they explore the intricacies and history of teko, Japanese wristbands often worn by taiko players.