Introducing Taikothon 2019
Taiko Vision: Dream Out Loud!

Sunday, October 20, 2019

12:00pm – 5:00pm EDT

(That’s right, you’re looking at EAST COAST time!)

9:00am – 2:00pm PDT
6:00am – 11:00am HST


About This Year’s Theme:

Taiko Vision: Dream Out Loud! recognizes that, with our immense history, we’re bursting with ideas for how to continue growing as taiko artists and community members. We’re looking to hear about and share your journeys with taiko that reflect your visions and dreams for yourself and the taiko community at-large. Let us know who you are and what you’re all about! Has your vision been recently achieved in a concert or event? Is there a project you’re currently working on? Is there something you’d like the taiko community know that can help your dream come true? Share your vision by completing the form (linked below) and submitting a video to Taikothon, to be aired on Sunday, Oct. 20th!

Video Submissions:

Submissions to Taikothon are due by Tuesday, October 15.
If you have any questions or concerns, reach out anytime to Taikothon 2019 chair Sarah Gilbert at: sarah@taikocommunityalliance.org 

Taikothon 2019 Submit Button

Segment Clips
Please submit a short clip (no more than 5 minutes) to share your take on “Taiko Vision: Dream Out Loud!” Below are some ideas, but we are open to airing anything you would like to share with the taiko community. Don’t hold back!

  • Interesting collaborations
  • Technology incorporated with Taiko
  • Taiko in popular culture
  • Innovative costumes used
  • New ways to teach taiko
  • A different approach to practicing taiko

Specialty Segments:

We’ve had some requests to collect specialty segments from around the globe. Can you make our dreams come true and submit a video about one of these topics speaks to you?

  • Cooking Segments: How do you feed your taiko troupe?
  • Taiko Mobiles: How do you fit all that equipment into one vehicle? If you’ve got a personal car that you bought just to accommodate your taiko life, or a van that fits way more than it should, we want to know how you do it.

Performance Videos
Please submit a performance clip (no more than 10 minutes). In the spirit of our theme this year, we would love to see submission videos of performances that hold a particularly special meaning to you, whether that’s an anniversary, the fulfillment of a long-term project, or something that reflects how you have been inspired by taiko.

What is Taikothon?

Taikothon is a live multi-hour online event to showcase taiko and the taiko community.

When is Taikothon?

Taikothon is typically held in Fall during the annual TCA Membership Drive.

Who Hosts Taikothon?

TCA! Specifically, lively TCA volunteers plan, organize, and take the stage to host the event on the TCA Livestream.

Who Participates in Taikothon?

Anyone who wants to! Taikothon happens because 21st century technology allows taiko groups and taiko players anywhere to share pre-recorded videos or appear live, through the magic of Livestream.

TCA Taikothons

Hosted in San Jose, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles, each Taikothon has had its own theme, team, content, and feel. Taikothon 2019 will be flying across the country for the first time to come to you live from New York!

Each Taikothon provides insight into our amazing and special taiko community. Take a look!

Taikothon 2018   Taiko Story: To 50 Years and Beyond!

Taikothon 2017   Then and Now: Celebrating 50 Years of North American Taiko

Taikothon 2016   Generation Taiko

Taikothon 2015   Taiko-ppreciation

Taikothon 2014   Taiko-thon

Taikothon 2013   Taikothon

The Taikothon Story

Taikothon began in 2013 as a virtual fundraiser to raise $50K and launch TCA as a member-supported organization. Sue and Ray Yuen hosted the event in their San Jose living room. Elise Fujimoto emceed the event and kept it moving forward with her energy and wit. Volunteers from Jun Daiko, Mountain View Buddhist Temple Taiko, San Jose Taiko, and Stanford Taiko brought food and provided the people power to acknowledge pledges of donations and commitments for charter memberships. Hundreds of taiko players responded: TCA was officially launched. The first Taikothon was an unqualified success and, since then, an annual TCA event.

How to get involved

Have your group submit a video clip, or sign up for a live segment.

Volunteer for the Taikothon team. Help plan, organize, or host Taikothon. Contact membership@taikocommunityalliance.org to find out more about the Taikothon team.