What do you get when you hand an actor a pair of bachi? Well, when that actor is Jennifer Weir, you apparently get a growing taiko community in the Twin Cities, a nonprofit by the name of TaikoArts Midwest, and the revolutionary HERbeat.
How many taiko groups, artists, and enthusiasts are there around the world? Anny may just find out (and meet every one of them). Grab a snack (may we suggest mangosteen?) and take a tour of Anny Lin's taiko story (so far).
Tell us you play taiko in Canada without telling us you play taiko in Canada – who else can lead a life of winter festival performances followed by cold pints and the occasional dip in a cold alpine lake? And if you're looking for podcast recommendations to take on your next hike (or laundry folding adventure), Marty has you covered.
The eclectic stylings of Jen Cabz can be seen not only in her taiko playing, but in her life as a whole. From drumming through Vegas to sussing out the sus to tailoring a unique collection of Disney pins, Jen has an attention to detail that has long benefitted TCA from her local drive and oversight of NATC 2015 through her ongoing work today on TCA's Communications and
Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat (nor humidity, apparently!) can stop Cathy Tio from finding joy in the freedom of taiko. Our long-time TCA Regional Representative in The South, Cathy is always full of surprises. Learn about her taiko journey and incredible array of interests in this week's TCA Member Spotlight!
Are you a passionate taiko player or taiko enthusiast? Do you strive to be a leader and change-maker in your community? Do you have ideas and a vision to shape the future of the taiko community? If so, apply to join the TCA Board! Deadline to apply for the 2021 cohort is August 8, 2021 at 11:59PM Pacific Time.
We know from our 2020 Taiko Census network map that many of us our connected. Some are connected through shared performing members, and others, like Hoh Daiko, are connected by "sisterhoods" – a bond among groups connected through shared histories, growth, and a passion for taiko. As an original member and "lifer" of Seabrook Buddhist Temple's Hoh Daiko, Louise has had
Congratulations to our 2021 TCA Grants recipients! Since 2016, TCA has dedicated increasing amounts of funds to the Grant Program, culminating this year in $20,000 to fund grants that support projects in 2021-2022.
If you've ever wondered about all the places taiko can take you, have a look at Carrie Carter's journey. What started as a simple stroll grew into an adventure exploring the possibilities of physical, mental, emotional, and artistic health through taiko. We can't wait to see what's on the horizon for you, Carrie!
Grab your coats – and hats, and warm socks, and mittens, and Kiribai Kairo hand warmers, and fleece leggings – because we're heading up to the "North" in North America to visit Paula Midori-Nieckar in Alberta, Canada. And if you don't have a hat, no worries; Paula wears so many "hats" in her exciting adventure called life that we're sure she has a few to spare.