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Inaugural Mini-Grants Awarded

The Taiko Community Alliance (TCA) is pleased to announce the three organizations that will each receive $500 mini grants for upcoming projects described below. This is the first year that TCA has awarded these grants. We received great response to our call for applications and we look forward

The Obon Project

Obon, or “Bon Odori” are Japanese Buddhist festivals held each summer to honor the spirits of one’s ancestors. Most obon festivals in North America feature art showcases, food stands, taiko performances, and most importantly bon odori. TCA’s Obon Project collected videos to showcase different obon festivals throughout North America. Click on the link

Terry Nguyen named Coordinator for 2017 Conference

The TAIKO COMMUNITY ALLIANCE (TCA) is pleased to introduce our 2017 North American Taiko Conference Coordinator, Terry Nguyen! Terry comes to TCA with a rich background in arts administration and event planning, having previously served as Assistant Coordinator for NATC 2009, and Intern for NATC 2007.  Terry has also served as Social Media Coordinator for Kodo […]

Taikothon 2016: Generation Taiko

Watch Taikothon 2016 again: Generation Taiko. Domo Arigato! and Otsukaresama to our amazing Taikothon team! From 2:00pm to 6:00pm PST on Sunday, October 16th, 2016, TCA volunteers gathered in San Diego for our fourth annual Taikothon.  They featured taiko segments, performances, and snapshots from the community. The NATC local host committee members were great hosts and

State of the Art: Taiko Census 2016

The State of the Art webinar is concluded, and can be viewed here. DATE: SATURDAY 9.24.2016 TIME:  12:00pm Pacific Time Join our Taiko Census Analytics team for a review of the 2016 Taiko Census results!  How many taiko groups are there? How much money do taiko players spend on their hobby each year? How do […]

NATC 2017 Coordinator Position

The application period is now closed. Job Title: Conference Coordinator 2017 North American Taiko Conference Employer: Taiko Community Alliance (TCA) The North American Taiko Conference (NATC) is a biennial gathering, formerly sponsored by the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) from 1997-2011, and since then sponsored by the Taiko Community Alliance

NATC 2017: Save the Date for San Diego

In 2017, the North American Taiko Conference will travel to the Southern California coast!  We are pleased to announce that NATC 2017 will be held on campus at UC San Diego from August 10-13, 2017. We look forward to a weekend of workshops, concerts, and lectures at one of the top universities in California. This […]

TCA Helps Collegiate Taiko

Every year, one collegiate taiko group welcomes the collegiate taiko community to their college campus to learn from the masters of the art form and share what each group has accomplished. This is the Intercollegiate Taiko Invitational, started in 1995 focusing on west coast collegiate groups. Yet, with no institutional memory, each time a school […]

Taiko Census: Six Degrees of Tanaka Sensei

When you share your Taiko Profile on the TCA Taiko Census you support the Taiko Mapping Project (TMP). TMP is the TCA-sponsored project to capture the spread of taiko — player by player — by asking two simple questions: (1) What group(s) have you played with? (2) When did you play with them? Taiko is […]

Artist Spotlight: Kenny Endo

Watch the Livestream here: April Artist Spotlight – Kenny Endo DATE:  Saturday, April 23, 2016 TIME:  1:00pm PDT Watch TCA’s spotlight interview with renown taiko artist Kenny Endo.  In 2016, Kenny-sensei celebrated 40 years of taiko excellence with a national tour, and concerts at venues across the country. More information about Kenny Endo @ kennyendo.com