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Partner Program

PARTNER PROGRAM

The TCA Partner Program connects a network of taiko vendors with taiko players. Partner vendors welcome TCA members to enjoy special offers or discounts.

 

Participating Vendors


Asano Taiko U.S.

Asano Taiko U.S. is the North American subsidiary of Asano Taiko, highly respected taiko makers since 1609 based in Matto, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. Asano Taiko U.S. sells, taiko, bachi, and other taiko accessories at their store in Torrance, California. They also host and support the Los Angeles Taiko Institute (LATI) in their Torrance facility.

 

Marco Lienhard | TAIKOZA

Marco Lienhard was a lead performer with ONDEKOZA for 18 years from 1981-1998. While touring as a professional taiko player in Japan, he mastered the shakuhachi under Master Katsuya Yokoyama, quickly becoming a virtuoso solo artist. Lienhard also studied the fue and the Nohkan (Noh theater flute) with Masayuki Isso. He has performed more that 6000 concerts in Europe, Asia, and North America with appearances at some of the world’s most prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, Hammerstein Ballroom, Boston Symphony Hall, Osaka Castle Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Center and Suntory Hall in Tokyo and he has performed with the NYC Opera. Marco Lienhard also teaches internationally and has been teaching and performing in New Zealand, Australia, Russia, Japan, Italy, Switzerland, Brazil and Argentina.

Taikoza uses the powerful rhythms of the Taiko drums to create an electrifying energy that carries audiences in a new dimension of excitement. Drawing from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance, Taikoza has created a new sound using a variety of traditional instruments. In addition to drums of assorted sizes, Taikoza incorporates the shakuhachi, the fue (both bamboo flutes) and the Koto (a 13 string instrument). Taikoza’s new CD has been nominated as best Asian Ethnic Album for the Just Plain Folks Music Award. Taikoza has appeared on different TV programs such as Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, the History Channel in “History vs. Hollywood” and ESPN S.U.M.O: The battle of the Giants. Taikoza is featured in the Movie: The Commute.

 

Nanaminani

A slow life goods maker based in Portland, Oregon, Nanaminani features reusable and sustainable lifestyle-friendly goods made from primarily Japanese fabrics, including sandwich wraps, insulated fukuro for lunch or makeup, cloth masks, handkerchief clutches, snack pouches, and utensil cases.

 

Taiko.Biz

Taiko.Biz is a self-described “hobby business serving taiko players by taiko players”, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with Wendy Jedlicka at its helm. Taiko.Biz offers taiko stuff for taiko players. Their website serves as both product store and taiko resource. Visit it and get lost in innovative taiko products and ideas. Their taiko practices and performances may add time to custom orders, so be sure to order early.

 

TaikoCat

TaikoCat is the creation of Yurika Chiba, artistic staff member of San Jose Taiko and San Jose Japantown artist. It is the source for taiko t-shirts, prints, stickers, and pins awash in wabisabi and whimsy. Over the years TaikoCat has befriended Taiko Bunny and Taiko Dog and expanded to include hand-made cards, bookmarks, and prints. Learn more about TaikoCat artist Yurika Chiba at yurikachiba.com.

 

TaikoMom Bachi Bags

Inspired and encouraged by her taiko sons, TaikoMom Teri Hirota creates custom-made bachi bags that are practical, personal, and fun. Select a fabric from TaikoMom’s taiko-themed collection or arrange to send her your own fabric. Then work with her to ensure that your bachi and belongings will move in style from home to practice to gigs and back again in their own TaikoMom Bachi Bag.

 

Taiko With Toni

For Denver audiences Taiko With Toni is taiko shared with flair and care through school shows, workshops, and performances. For the taiko community at-large Taiko With Toni is Toni Yagami working her magic to protect our instruments. Taiko With Toni is the source for custom-fit travel bags for taiko. Toni also crafts bags for fue, chappa, kane, and bachi. Toni’s bags can be customized for any size taiko with pockets, handles and holders to order.

 

Taiko Colorado

Jim and Gail Montgomery are the owners and artisans behind Taiko Colorado. Based in Colorado Springs, they make several types of Taiko from wine barrel staves built to custom creations based on your specifications. They also repair and re-head taiko and supply taiko group apparel and accessories. Proud supporters of the National Canine Cancer Foundation, a portion of every purchase made from Taiko Colorado goes to support NCCF.

 

Tsugaru Terry

 

For More Information

If you are a taiko vendor and would like to participate in the TCA Partner Program, or for any other inquiries about this program, please contact Toni Yagami, toni@taikocommunityalliance.org.