Taiko Groups

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Ahiru Daiko is a collegiate taiko group recently formed in October 2010 at University of Oregon. Ahiru Daiko means "duck taiko." The name is inspired by UO mascot :) ahirudaiko@gmail.com

Meredith Wood
Andrea Asai
Moira Gion
2010
1983
ashlandtaiko@yahoo.com
2002

Buenos Aires Taiko is an independent school-group focused exclusively on Wadaiko, and the merger with other scenic and musical performances. It was created in 2005 in order to be a real research laboratory of the art, pedagogy, and construction of the taiko. It will develop themes and styles of standard japanese kumidaiko, own compositions, as well as with mergers and Asian Argentine folklore, Celtic and medieval music, electronics, and other performance arts (dance, drama, acrobatics, and improvisation scenic). It conducts an intensive educational work within main japanese institutions in Argentina, as well as in other contexts public and private with the goal of universalizing the discipline, for all those who want to practice.

Karina Kawakami
Bruno Cecconi
2005
Stuart Paton
1987

The first youth taiko group in Canada, Chibi Taiko was formed in 1993 by former members of Katari Taiko with the goal of passing on this unique art form to a new generation of drummers. Under the direction of Shinobu Homma with assistance by John Endo Greenaway, Chibi Taiko plays an important role in the development of taiko (Japanese drum) as a living tradition. Taking its inspiration from an ancient Japanese art form and fusing it with a modern sensibility, Chibi Taiko creates a sound that resonates with audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Members currently range in age from five to early-twenties, with the older members mentoring the younger ones. In the summer of 2009, members of Chibi Taiko travelled to Onomichi, Japan (Hiromoshima prefecture), where they took part in a cultural exchange with the local taiko group, Betchar Taiko.

Shinobu Homma
1993

Dekiru Denison is a community-based taiko group founded in the Denison neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio in 2010 that seeks to use the energy and discipline of taiko to empower urban residents and build relationships among people of different ages, races, classes, and abilities. We practice at Denison Ave. UCC, 9900 Denison Ave. in Cleveland. For more information, please contact Dekirudaiko@gmail.com or 216 236-3120.

Nozomi Ikuta
2010

Fourth oldest kumidaiko group in North America (Aiko Kimura)

Aiko Kimura
1976
1998

Ensohza Minyoshu is a Japanese folk performing ensemble based in the San Francisco Bay Area. We perform music and dance that evokes the festival spirit and character of Japan’s diverse rural communities. With lively vocals accompanied by fue and shakuhachi (bamboo flutes), shamisen (a string instrument) and the beat of the taiko drum, Ensohza Minyoshu transports you to Japan’s mountain and fishing villages with traditional folk songs and festival dances. Ensohza Minyoshu also promotes opportunities for community building through grant-funded training in folk dance and the traditional festival arts of Japan.

Nina Sazevich
2006

We are a community group in the city of Eugene, OR. We perform annually at the Asian Celebration, and take community requests to perform all over the North-west.

1989
Allison Ballard
2000

Founded in 1987 by Harley Tonooka and Gene Sekiya

The original group consisted mostly of junior and high school students. The group is affiliated with the Fresno Betsuin Buddhist Temple and currently has over 40 members of varying age and level of experience.

Marion Elder: marione@csufresno.edu
Lee Jensen: jenslee09@yahoo.com

Based in Phoenix Arizona, Fushicho Daiko was founded by Esther Vandecar in 1992 upon her return to the States from 7 years of living and studying Taiko in Japan. Eileen Morgan joined Esther in 1994 and Ken Koshio and Marsha Robb in 2004.

Consistent travels to Japan for Taiko study and cultural immersion have built a Taiko team that honors the history and significance of Taiko in Japan and celebrates the creativity and joy of Taiko in the U.S. Fushicho Daiko*Phoenix Drummers performs both traditional and original Taiko songs with power, energy, skill and joy. They have traveled all across the United States, Japan, and China, sharing their music with schools, colleges, and communities, in theaters and festivals.

Community Taiko groups under the tutelage of Fushicho Daiko include Phoenix Taiko Kai, Saboten, Aozora and Kemushi Children's Taiko.

Eileen Morgan
1992

The powerful beats of Fushu Daiko and their South Florida Taiko Dojo, a Japanese Taiko drumming group, brings with them a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures from all over the world together into their performances.

Charles and Yoshiko Cane formed the group in September of 1990 and since then Fushu Daiko comes together to stun live audiences with their thundering rhythms, dynamic movements, and intense showmanship.

As the word “Fushu” means Florida and “Taiko” means big drum, the groups title translates to “Florida’s Drum Group”. This art form started more than 2,600 years ago in Japan and was used originally in holy shrines to symbolize the voice of the buddah and a state of emptiness.

Later it was used on the battlefield to call troop movements and to intimidate opponents as well as ignite the fervor in warriors. Taiko has been used for communication because its sound can be heard from a great distance. It has been used as a signal to mark the boundaries of a territory, to warn others of an impending attack, fire, or even a tsunami. In more modern times Taiko is seen mostly in a festival setting. You will often see the taiko at harvest celebrations, spring art and music festivals, and definitely at O Bon, a festival in honor of our ancestors.

Fushu Daiko’s mission is to keep the art of Taiko drumming alive. We aim to bring Taiko, to our community and beyond, in the form of educational workshops, lectures, classes, concerts, festivals, motivational seminars, and more.

Fushu Daiko has performed from live concerts in Europe to the opening of
the Miami Heat N.B.A. games. Fushu Daiko has performed on the stages of international taiko festivals, with full orchestras, and at too many events to mention. Fushu Daiko has educated and pleased South Florida Audiences since 1990. They have grown and evolved along with the community. As South Florida Taiko Dojo they have shared the knowledge and skill of this form with many others in the area.

1st CD: Fushu Daiko – “Ichi Ban” 1998,
2nd CD “Taiko immigrants” 2002
3rd CD “Synergy – Japan / Brazil” 2006,
1st DVD “Fushu Daiko in Sao Paolo, Brazil 2009,
4th CD “Elemental – Live” released in 2011

Ben Miller - Artistic Director
954-254-6849
1990

Founded as Gen Taiko in 1995 and incorporated as GenRyu Arts in August 2008, its mission is to promote, present and participate in Japanese and Japanese American culture through Taiko (Japanese Drumming) and other traditional and contemporary music and dance forms.  Deeply rooted in San Francisco’s Japantown and in the Asian American Community.  GenRyu Arts engages in art-making that merges Japanese cultural forms taiko, dance and folk songs with new music, spoken word and visual design into singular expressions that honor community heritage and address key issues stemming from the legacy of internment and redevelopment. Gen,Ryu Arts is directed by its founder Melody Takata, a multi-faceted artist trained in Japanese Classical Dance, Taiko and Shamisen.

Sensei Takata has been performing for over 20 years in Japan and U.S.A.  Ms. Takata grew up in the Japanese American community of Los Angeles with a rich experience in traditional arts. From age 8 she learned odori (Japanese dance) at the Nishi Hongwanji as part of the obon festival ritual (festival honoring ancestors).  At age 10 she began formal study of Nihon Buyo (formal name for Japanese classical dance) at the Fujima School and has performed dance at numerous theater works under Madame Fujima Kansuma until age 20.  From age 13 to 18 she studied shamisen with the Kineya School.  At 15 she began studying and performing with Los Angeles Matsuri and at 20 traveled to Japan to study and later perform as a member of Tokyo’s O Edo Sukeroku Taiko, one of Japan’s most highly renowned taiko ensembles. Ms. Takata completed the ACTA master apprentice program for 2002-2003 on shamisen with Hideko Nakajima Sensei.  Most recently, Ms. Takata has reestablished study with Madame Fujima Kansuma in Los Angeles to strengthen her integrity of Nihon buyo and to ensure a high standard of integration of odori into Gen Taiko’s repertoire.

Melody Takata
info@genryuarts.org
1995
Yuta Kato
1975

Hinode Taiko (Rising Sun Drums) of Winnipeg was founded in 1982 by a core group of enthusiasts who participated in a taiko workshop sponsored by the Manitoba Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association. Eager to further this Japanese art form in Manitoba, they formed the first taiko group on the Canadian Prairies.

Margaret McKenty
Karleen Manchanda
1982

Ho Etsu Taiko is a Chicago-based Japanese music ensemble that brings a passionate energy and lively spirit to taiko's rich tradition. We offer a bright and lively sound, infusing taiko's cultural legacy with new vitality and bridging the tradition through fresh experiences and influences. We've performed throughout Chicago and the midwest with notable appearances at University of Chicago's Logan Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Chicago Cultural Center. For bookings, workshops or membership inquiries, please visit www.hoetsu.com.

Jason Matsumoto
info@hoetsu.com
312-725-8225
1997

Hoh Daiko Drummers of Seabrook, New Jersey was established on February 23, 1991 under the auspices of the Seabrook Buddhist Temple. It chose Hoh Daiko for its name meaning the way of the drums. The group began by using discarded tires and plastic garbage cans as practice instruments and on the drum made for them by the Reverend Ron Miyamura of Chicago.
Their dedication soon found the group making its own taiko (drum) from whiskey and wine barrels, learning the difficult traditional folk art from Soh Daiko of New York (the first taiko group on the East Coast). They also had many workshops with their mentors, the Soh Daiko Drummers. Hoh Daiko also has been taught by Yoshikazu Fujimoto of Kodo and from taiko masters such as Kenny Endo, San Jose Taiko, as well as masters from Japan. Charter member Tamiko Ooka after two years in Japan has trained and introduced new techniques to the group.
Hoh Daiko’s rapid emergence was evidenced soon after the national and international coverage of “Seabrook Story” which was aired in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor by Nippon TV and the National Broadcasting Corporation. Since that time, they have participated at the nation’s capital in a program for the National Education Association assembly, the 14th Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival, the Taiko Tsunami performance at the University of PA Annenberg Center, the grand opening ceremonies of the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and recently at the Kimono Festival held at the Sheraton Hotel in Philadelphia, as well as for various schools and organizations.

Tamiko Ooka
1991
Tetsuo Uyeda
Ruth Vines

Icho Daiko was founded in Oberlin, OH in 2003 by Dr. and Mrs. Roy Ebihara. "Icho" is Japanese for "ginkgo" and the group was named for the ginkgo trees that line Oberlin's Main Street.

Icho Daiko, Inc. became a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization in 2010. Its mission is to strengthen Asian American communities by instilling pride and cultural awareness, and to build bridges between Asian Americans and other groups through the dynamic cultural expression of taiko.

We encourage everyone who wants to learn about taiko and its history to visit rehearsal, take classes, and participate in Icho Daiko Activities.

Maryll Phillips - Artistic Director
Dan Sanchez - Administrative Director
2003

Kagemusha Taiko has a mission to enrich people's lives through the experience of taiko drumming.
We create and perform exciting, original repertoire, forging a new style of taiko in the U.K.
Through our extensive training programs, especially teachers, we will give taiko a national presence, while enhancing understanding between cultures through international artistic collaboration.

The group was founded by Jonathan Kirby, whose initial taiko training was through the San Jose Taiko Audition Process. Uniquely in the U.K., this means that Kagemusha Taiko traces its roots west, to North America, rather than east to Japan.

Kagemusha Taiko Group has performed across the UK, in Italy and France, while Kagemusha Junior Taiko have travelled twice to perform in Japan. The group has collaborated with a wide range of people, not least Hanayui (2004) and shared the stage with Grand Master Daihachi and Osuwa Daiko the same year - the only time he performed in the UK.

On behalf of the growing UK taiko community, Kagemusha Taiko host the annual UK Taiko Festival which in 2011 will celebrate its 7th year. Besides groups from the UK and Japan, the UK Taiko Festival has welcomed San Jose Taiko (2010) and will see TAIKPROJECT take the stage in 2011.

Jonathan Kirby
Hannah-Jasmine Brunskill
1998

Kaze Daiko is a performing group for youth in Seattle, WA, with strong ties to the local Japanese American community. Our members range in age from 8 to 22 years old. In Kaze Daiko, we strive to develop an appreciation of Japanese music and movement; to learn about Japanese and Japanese American culture, history and heritage; to help members develop and maintain a sense of identity, pride and self-confidence; to reach out to a broader community in support of diversity, tolerance and mutual education; and to foster a spirit of teamwork and unity of purpose.

Stan Shikuma
2000

Out of Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green OH

Adam Liddle
Jake Richman
2009

Alberta's original taiko group continues to perform many shows and offer 3 levels of workshops throughout the year as well as performing in schools when possible.

Contact us at: info@kitanotaiko.ca

Brenda Madsen
Dan Kinoshita
1987

Founded in 1984 and affiliated with the Twin Cities Buddhist Association, we take the name "Kogen" Taiko from a Buddhist Sutra, which means, "Light emanating from Buddha's Face." It is a reminder of the wisdom and compassion of all Buddhas.

In practice and performance we emphasize openness, sharing and participation. This is the cornerstone of Kogen Taiko's form, style and spirit and reflects Jodo Shinshu Buddhism's emphasis on living deeply rather than striving for perfection.

1984

The collaboration of Japanese art with everything.

Gene Sugano
Jen Kong
2010

Founded in 2005, Kyo Daiko (www.kyodaiko.com) is Philadelphia's first community-based taiko drumming group. It is the result of a collaboration between Settlement Music School (www.smsmusic.org) and Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park (www.shofuso.com).

The group is led by instructor Kristopher Rudzinski, who is a member of the Settlement Music School percussion faculty. Mr. Rudzinski studied under Taikoza’s founder, Mr. Marco Lienhard and has performed with Taikoza.

Kyo Daiko performs regularly at schools and community events, and has performed at the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C., the Phillies pre-game show and the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA).

Follow us on Facebook!
http://facebook.com/kyo.daiko

Therese Stephen
2005

Las Vegas Kaminari Taiko (LVKT) was founded by the late George Goto in 1993. We have the privilege of being the first established taiko group in Las Vegas, and strive to bring the joy and love of taiko to the Las Vegas valley while sharing the Japanese culture therein.

Jennifer Caballero
Wendy Dwyer
1993

Living Sky Taiko is Saskatoon's first taiko performance group. Created in 2009 by James Bykowy, the group first impressed local audiences at 2010 summer festivals. In the time since, the group has continued to introduce itself to Saskatoon crowds, worked to expand and improve its repertoire, given several introductory workshops to get others interested in taiko, and expanded its membership. Living Sky fills a wide gap that existed previously between groups in Calgary and Edmonton to our west, and groups in Winnipeg to our east. We look forward to every opportunity to mix with taiko friends, cause they're pretty sparse around here. Find us on Facebook!

James Bykowy
2009

Los Angeles Matsuri Taiko is a Japanese Taiko drum ensemble that was founded by Master Etsuo Hongo in 1977. Master Hongo studied traditional Taiko drumming in Japan, and has been teaching generations of taiko players in the United States. LA Matsuri Taiko is seeking to raise the level of intensity and enjoyment of taiko for ourselves, as well as the audience, by striving for a high level of group unity. We are dedicated to the advancement of the art of taiko drumming with a deep respect of traditional Japanese culture and spirit.

lamatsuritaiko@yahoo.com
Phone: (909) 638-2456

Etsuo Hongo
1977

Founded in 2007 by Bruce "Mui" Ghent, Maikaze Daiko (Dancing Wind) is dedicated to serving Northern California in the education, performance and development of taiko (Japanese drumming) through performances, workshops, residencies, and classes to the general public. Maikaze Daiko presents work that is both rooted in cultural traditions and modernly expressive with a unique contemporary American voice.

About our Director

An accomplished student of martial arts, choreography, and modern dance, Sensei Bruce “Mui” Ghent studied taiko under Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka. As a principal member of the San Francisco Taiko Dojo, he toured and performed internationally. Mr. Ghent has since founded and directed numerous professional and community taiko ensembles, frequently incorporating aspects of modern and Japanese dance into his arrangements and original compositions.

Dance Mission Theater

We are fortunate and grateful to have a home at Dance Mission Theater, a non-profit, multicultural dance center located in San Francisco’s Mission District. Dance Mission offers Youth and Adult classes and hosts performances, rehearsals, workshops, and other events. It is also the home of Krissy Keefer’s Dance Brigade, San Francisco’s groundbreaking, social-change oriented modern dance company.

http://dancemission.com

Sensei Bruce "Mui" Ghent
2007

Maui Taiko is a multi-generational, multi-denominational, family-oriented group with close to 50 performers ranging in age from 8 to 80+. Maui Taiko’s signature song is “Fukushima Ondo”, a nearly centuries-old, traditional folk song played at obon festivals. The song was brought to the islands by Japanese immigrant families who lived in the sugar plantation camps. Each year the group performs on every weekend during June through August at the numerous Obon dances on Maui. The group performs on 18 taikos made by the group and have assisted numerous temples on Maui to re-skin their decades-old authentic taiko. Maui Taiko was part of a made for television documentary about the Japanese American experience in Hawaii called “Great Grandfather’s Drum” that premiered in February 2011. Memorable performances include those for the North American Taiko Conference, pre-concert performances for the “WHO” and rock legend Bon Jovi, as well as pre-concert entertainment for Hiroshima, Kinnara Taiko, and San Jose Taiko. Members have also taught workshops at the North American Taiko Conference, and with Chicago Midwest Buddhist Taiko, San Jose Taiko, Denver Taiko, and Las Vegas Kaminari Taiko. The group toured Japan in 2001 and 2008 and held performances at concerts in Hiroshima and Fukushima. The group has co-founded and sponsored the annual Maui Matsuri Japanese Festival since its inception eleven years ago.

Kay Fukumoto
Brian Nagami
1996

The Midwest Buddhist Temple Taiko Group stared in 1977 with the help of Rev. Mas Kodani and the Kinnara Taiko Group. We are a self sustaining group of the Temple and we make most of our own equipment and costumes. Through the years, we have been helped by Kinnara, Soh, San Jose, and many other players and groups. We have performed from Minneapolis to Philadelphia and places in between. Our core performance is the annual Temple fund raising event, Ginza Holiday held each August.

Rev. Ron Miyamura
Elaine Miyamura - business manager
1977
Courtney Ozaki
Keiko Ozaki
Meg Graves
Shannon Umetani

Moab Taiko Dan (MTD) originated in 1995 and received 501(c)3 status in 2001. MTD is a group of diverse individuals who join together to practice the Japanese art of Taiko drumming. In addition to traditional Taiko, we also employ multi-cultural rhythms and original composition. The purpose of MTD is to encourage individual, group and community expression through drumming. The goal of MTD is to provide a forum where the following may occur: share the art of traditional Taiko; provide community workshops in drumming, movement and voice; facilitate cultural exchange; promote personal growth and empowerment; support humanitarian and community events; experience the joyous expression of group drumming; encourage creativity in rhythm, movement and individual expression; improve drumming skills and repertoire; develop discipline of mind and body.

1995
1990

Mountain River Taiko is a new endeavor in the Northamptom, Massachusetts, area founded by Olga Ehrlich, formerly student of Esther Vandecar, Annette Kearl, and other Japanese and American taiko teachers. Mountain River Taiko seeks to share traditional and contemporary taiko with new students and the community at large. Beginner classes are taught by Olga. An ensemble performing group is part of the Mountain River Taiko vision, along with community classes for adults and children. Taiko is shared with respect for its varying traditions, joy of playing, learning about related Japanese culture and focus on form and technique. We welcome new students and seasoned taiko players. Please contact: mountainrivertaiko@gmail.com

olga
2010

The Mountain View Buddhist Temple Taiko group has been going for over 10 years. Our mission is to provide the Dharma School students with a traditional Japanese cultural enrichment program by bringing together Buddha-Dharma and the art from of taiko. We added an adult class 6 years ago. We try to help students build a sense of confidence, teamwork and community through learning the art of taiko.

Yumi Higa
1999
2004

Mu Daiko is a professional taiko ensemble founded in 1997 by Mu Performing Arts Artistic Director Rick Shiomi. Formed in response to the interest of a few eager students, Mu Daiko has since grown into a nationally recognized taiko ensemble. The group performs classic and original compositions representing a synthesis of influences including Mu Performing Arts' theatrical aesthetic.

Over the years Mu Daiko has nurtured taiko enthusiasts of all ages through ongoing taiko classes, special workshops, student recitals and community group performances, and school/community outreach programs and residencies.

Iris Shiraishi
1997

Myoshinji Temple Taiko Group is a Nichiren Shoshu Buddhist taiko group. We perform at the temple in Pinole, CA in order to encourage the members in their Buddhist practice. We practice twice a month at the temple. Anyone can join who is a member of the temple. We play the music of my teacher, Ikuyo Conant, of Watsonville Taiko. In 2009, we were honored to be able to perform at our Head Temple Taisekiji in Japan.

Helen Sesser
831-761-9307
2000

In January 2008, with the support of the Taiwanese American Community Center, collegiate taiko alum Diana Wu organized an open workshop for the local San Diego community as a means to introduce and teach the basics of taiko, a form of Japanese drumming also growing in popularity in North America. Following soon after, committed and enthusiastic individuals came together to begin the first Taiwanese American sponsored taiko drumming group in Southern California, Naruwan Taiko.

The name of “Naruwan Taiko” stems from the same word “naruw’an (那魯灣)” from the indigenous Taiwanese Ami language meaning “Welcome [for] we are all in the same family.” Similarly, to live up to its name, Naruwan Taiko’s mission as a performance group is to welcome people of all ages and all levels to join (not just limited to the Taiwanese or Japanese community) and to learn the style of Japanese drumming. As a group, Naruwan Taiko hopes to encourage teamwork, creativity, physical activity, and confidence in expression for each individual. As a branch of the Taiwanese American Community Center, Naruwan Taiko will also assist in broadening and strengthening the presence of the TACC in the community and to encourage increased youth awareness and participation in group activities. Lastly, the group hopes to provide performances for both the San Diego area and other cities as well.

As a brand new group, Naruwan Taiko is currently still in the growth process and in the middle of obtaining resources. Most importantly, it is still looking for individuals who would like to participate and help build this new group. Naruwan Taiko holds weekly Monday night classes from 7-9 PM at the Taiwanese American Community Center for all ages, and Thursday night practices for the performance group from 8-10 PM at the same location.

If you have an interest in learning how to play taiko in general or have interest in participating as a performance group member, please contact naruwantaiko@gmail.com for any questions you may have. NARUWAN! (WELCOME!), we hope to see you soon!

Diana Wu
2008

Nen Daiko was founded in the fall of 1994, based out of Ekoji Buddhist Temple in Fairfax Station, Virginia. With the guidance of Ekoji's founding minister, Rev. Kenryu Tsuji and our sister groups Soh Daiko (New York City, NY) and Hoh Daiko (Seabrook, NJ), Nen Daiko sought to represent our temple by emphasizing the basic philosophies of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism and its connection to taiko and kumi-daiko (ensemble playing of taiko). Although affiliated with Ekoji Buddhist Temple, our members are diverse and of different faiths, brought together by a common respect for the art of taiko, the teachings of Buddhist taiko, and a joy and exuberance for expressing ourselves through the beat of the drum.

Since its inception, Nen Daiko has performed at many venues in the metropolitan Washington DC area, such as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Theatre, the National Mall, the Jefferson Memorial and Tidal Basin, and the National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism in World War II. We participate in many local and national events throughout the year, including the National Cherry Blossom Festival and the summer Obon Festival at Ekoji Buddhist Temple and were honored to perform at Taiko Ten in 2005.

Emily Ihara
1994

New York Taiko Aiko Kai is one of the Taiko groups in residence as part of the TC Taiko Society at Teachers College, Columbia University. It is also a member of the New York Osuwa Taiko Association. It began in 2002 when a few families at an Upper West Side public school began practicing Taiko with a hope to pass Japanese culture to their children. The group has always been family oriented, but many adults have also joined the group over the years. Hiro Kurashima, Osuwa Daiko Shihan, who was certified by the late Grandmaster Daihachi Oguchi, was the founding teacher of the group, and continues to teach and perform with the group regularly. Many members of NYTAK went to Okaya-city to learn directly from the Grandmaster Oguchi before his unexpected death in 2008. NYTAK has performed at various schools and institutions, including the Sakura Matsuri at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Japan Heritage Day at the Staten Island Yankees, Japan Day in Central Park and public and private schools in the New York area.

Kyoko Toyama, Director
Mark Diller, Assistant Director
2002
1980

Newly formed collective of beginning Taiko enthusiasts

noyotaiko@mcn.org
2011

O • Daiko is Hong Kong's first local, all-female Japanese taiko ensemble. Formed in 2004, the group is based in Mui Wo (Lantau Island), and has performed for theatre productions and various social and cultural events across Hong Kong. The members' diverse artistic backgrounds range from improvisational theatre and studies in musicology to video editing and violin-playing.The ensemble just finished their first full-length concert in Spring 2011.

info@hongkongtaiko.com

Yeeman Mui
2004

Brought together by a common love for taiko, the members and supporters of Odaiko New England reflect the rich cultural diversity of New England. Through performances, workshops, lecture demonstrations, and ongoing taiko classes, and through creating opportunities for communities to drum together, ONE’s wish is to proudly share its heritage with as many people as possible in the hopes that it will enrich the lives of those who are touched by the sound of the taiko.

We believe...
-that taiko is a powerful voice and instrument that can be used to create harmony in our community.
-in learning about taiko and respecting taiko traditions.
-in infusing the traditions of taiko with other musical influences and artistic disciplines to create a unique, contemporary and distinct Odaiko New England style.
-that taiko as a performance art is connected to, and an important part of the Asian American community.
-in diversity within our group.

We are...
-a group that uses taiko to promote positive images of Asian American culture.
-a group that performs throughout Boston and the Northeast to foster enjoyment and appreciation of the art of taiko.
-a group that engages the community through education and interaction.
-a group that uses taiko to promote greater cross-cultural understanding.

Juni Kobayashi
1994

Odaiko Sonora has brought firsthand experiences of taiko to southern AZ audiences since 2002. The group performs about 50 times for more than 40,000 people each year. We offer ongoing taiko instruction, school residencies, community/corporate team-building workshops, master classes and more. In 2006, through the purchase of Rhythm Industry Performance Factory, a 5,000 sq ft warehouse at 1013 S. Tyndall, Odaiko Sonora has been able to provide vital, permanent studio space for other performing groups such as Batucaxé, Flam Chen/Tucson Circus Arts, Theatrical Mime Theatre, Thom Lewis Dance, Movement Salon and many others. See www.rhythmindustry.org

Karen Falkenstrom
Rome Hamner
2002

OMNY which stands for "One Miracle in New York," started in late 2006 as a part of Shumei's art and beauty initiatives to engage Shumei's youth in NY. Initially the vision of having a Taiko group in New York seemed unrealistic amongst many reasons: the cost of drums, finding an affordable practice space and without a permanent Taiko teacher to lead the group. But thanks to the unwavering passion and generosity of the Shumei members, a Miracle happened and the OMNY Taiko group was born!

OMNY Taiko Group is open to all ages who has an interest in the art of Japanese Taiko drumming. To join us for a workshop session, please check the "Workshops & Performances" at the website below.

Since our inception we have performed in the Catskill Festival in Catskill, NY, Prayer Vigil in D.C., Energy Festival in PA and finally, in NYC for Shumei's anniversary celebrations. We view taiko drumming as a spiritual art. The sound of the taiko drum is pure and as fundamental as the heart beat and therefore has the power to cleanse ourselves and our surroundings. Our style of drumming is traditional based and our main emphasis are on the taiko drums and the taiko player's spirit.

The miracle of initially having a taiko group grew to miracles witnessed with our own spiritual growth and the inspirations it gives to our audiences. As OMNY sounds like the prefix "Omni" which means "All", our motto is: "When we play taiko, we All become One to unite the heartbeat of All."

OMNYTaiko@gmail.com
2006

On Ensemble is a contemporary taiko quartet based in Los Angeles CA. Members are Masato Baba, Kristofer Bergstrom, Shoji Kameda, and Kelvin Underwood.

Kristofer Bergstrom
2001

Sponsored by Southern Alameda Buddhist Church in Union City, California

One Hour Drummer has worked with a variety of populations since it's inception in 2001. Beginning with special needs students and then expanding to various school age groups, adults and seniors. In addition, we do work with educators and have developed a wellness program that we use with cancer patients. Through our "Prenatal Percussion"™ program, we have helped women bring happy healthy babies into the world.
Through our unique programs, we have brought percussion to many who have never played a musical instrument. Our programs span from general hand drumming, African drumming, our own brand of taiko we call "Urban Taiko"™ and percussion done on "found" objects.
We are very excited about participating in this year's North American Taiko Conference and bringing new and exciting information back to our students. For more information on who we are and what we do, go to:

Peter Marino
peter@onehourdrummer.com
770-627-5990
2001

One World Taiko is a professional Japanese drum ensemble that captivates audiences with their heart pounding beats, dynamic movement and rhythmic grooves. One World Taiko’s music is drawn from Japan's tradition of lively festival drumming along with their own creative rhythms, arrangements and choreography, adding their energetic spirit to the ancient art of taiko. Their repertoire includes arrangements of traditional pieces and original compositions inspired by jazz and world music.

Gary Tsujimoto and Nancy Ozaki started One World Taiko in 1990 in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Gary and Nancy have performed throughout the United States in Europe, Japan and the Middle East. In the fall of 2010, One World Taiko performed in Dubai, United Arab Emirates for 5 weeks at the Global Village. From 1993-1997, One World Taiko was employed full time as the resident taiko group at Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center’s Japan Pavilion in Orlando, Florida where they performed five days a week. After leaving Florida, they lived in the Denver, CO area and moved to Seattle in 2001 where they are presently based. After relocating to Seattle, Washington, One World Taiko was selected to be on several juried performing arts rosters such as the King County 4Culture Touring Arts Roster for 2002-2011, the Washington State Arts Commission's Teaching Artist Program for 2003-2011 and the Arts Northwest Performing Arts Roster from 2004-2011.

Gary Tsujimoto
Nancy Ozaki
1990

Oto-Wa Taiko was created in 1989 by members of the Ottawa Japanese Community. Today, Oto-Wa Taiko consists of 11 performers and 9 students at various levels from advanced through intermediate to beginners.

Oto-Wa Taiko combines the creative talents of Japanese-Canadians, Japanese nationals who have immigrated to Ottawa/Gatineau, and Canadians of a variety of ethno-cultural backgrounds. Over the years, our membership has averaged equal participation by women and men, and by Japanese and non-Japanese residents. This internal diversity has enabled us to promote taiko performing arts in English, French and Japanese to a broad cross-section of Ottawa’s schools, organizations, general public, the government and multicultural communities.

Oto-Wa Taiko offers, in addition to performances, educational workshops for the general public to allow taiko enthusiasts to experience the drums hands-on. We also offer seasonal training classes (3 courses annually of 12-weeks each) for local residents who wish to master the art of taiko and join the ranks of our performing members. Moreover, we supported the creation of the first children’s taiko group in Ottawa, Dagaku, which is led by 3 Oto-Wa Taiko performing members.

Aki Watanabe
1989

PTK is an enthusiastic group of taiko players formed from the students of the professional taiko group Fushicho Daiko. They perform annually at the second largest Matsuri in the USA in Phoenix Arizona, at the Arizona Asian Festival and whenever else the opportunity presents!

We are fortunate in having a unique source for our connection to Taiko. Our sensei, Esther Vandecar, lived and worked in Japan for over seven years and learned her taiko directly from groups and teachers firmly rooted in the fabric of Japanese cultural life. We are proud to know the provenance of the pieces we play. They range from well known traditional pieces preserved by the Hiroshima Taiko Hozonkai (The Hiroshima Taiko Historical Preservation Society) such as Nicho Daiko, to tiny village traditions such as the two pieces from Nomura-cho in rural Shikoku, to modern post war compositions honouring the traditional bravery and martial skill of the navy of the Kono clan – the five pieces known collectively as ‘Suigun Daiko’ (Naval Taiko). Our own embellishments on the repertoire of taiko are as yet modest but we are working on them!

info@phoenix-taiko-kai.com
2003

The Placer Ume Taiko (PUT) group of Penryn, California was established in 2003 in collaboration with Tiffany Tamaribuchi, an internationally known taiko master and founder of Sacramento Taiko Dan. The purpose of PUT is to help promote and preserve the culture and spirit of playing traditional Japanese taiko drums.

With the generous support and sponsorship of the Placer Buddhist Church and the Placer Buddhist Women's Association, Placer Ume Taiko continues to grow and thrive. PUT performs at numerous events in the region during the year. See our Events link for scheduled upcoming performances.

PUT has adult and youth performing groups who meet weekly. We welcome new members to learn the traditional drumming of Japan. Classes are held on Sundays at the Placer Buddhist Church in Penryn, and last about an hour. Class terms are quarterly, starting January, April, July and October. Beginning classes usually start in October and April.

Carole Kawamoto
2003
Paul Sakamoto
2003
christine kim
young park

Raion Taiko was founded in 2005 by Brian and Mayumi Sole and a small group of friends. From 2007 -2009, Brian and Mayumi moved to Japan to study taiko at Asano Daiko with Hono-O-Daiko. In 2009 they returned to Michigan to continue Raion Taiko and also found the Great Lakes Taiko Center. http://www.michigantaiko.net

Brian Sole
Mayumi Sole
2005

Rutsubo Taiko was founded in January 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts by three alumni of the collegiate taiko community. The name, Rutsubo, represents a unification of different taiko traditions and backgrounds into one entity. While the group seeks to make taiko known to the Boston community through performing and teaching, the fundamental goal remains the introspective nature of training. It is our hope that members of Rutsubo Taiko will achieve what we call a "Taiko Nirvana," or a state of balance between mind, body and spirit with respect to his or her connection to the drum. We also strive to promote Taiko as an art form free from the bounds of commercial interest.

J.D. Andrade
2011
1973

Sandoshin Taiko, meaning “dragon’s mountain pass”, was formed in 2000 as a means of blending taiko with various martial art styles. The home of Sandoshin Taiko is the Morgan Hill Buddhist Community Center, located in Morgan Hill, California.

Sandoshin Taiko also has a relationship with Seikishin Dojo, a school that offers the martial arts of Koshiden-Ryu Jujutsu “wrist and joint locking system”, Shinkendo “sword fighting system” and provides a rich medium to draw from in integrating the different styles into the world of taiko music.

The choreography for the group is exciting and dynamic, using bakuto “wooden sword”, iaito “non-sharpened blade” and eskrima “bamboo sticks” as additional elements that add to the taiko music. In some performances, audience members might be fortunate enough to experience actual cutting demonstrations where a shinken “live blade” is used to cut through tatami targets.

The philosophy behind the group is to express the inner spirit “ki” within oneself through taiko drumming. The beauty behind the group is two-fold: martial artists with no musical background can learn taiko and taiko drummers with no martial arts experience can learn several different martial art styles. Additionally, those who wish to only focus on the music can do so without participating in the martial art demonstrations.

Ikuyo Conant serves as the Sensei for the group along with being the Artistic Director for Shinsei Daiko, Shinsho Mugen Daiko and Watsonville Taiko.

Sandoshin Taiko is a community group that welcomes players of all ages and abilities.

Bryan Burkhart
2000

Formed in 2010, Sansho Daiko is a Vancouver-based taiko group that brings a fresh approach to an ancient art form. Drawing on both traditional and contemporary repertoire, the group creates a visual and aural experience that defies easy categorization and crosses ethnic and cultural boundaries. Like the plant it was named after, Sansho Daiko seeks to be a spicy addition to the west coast taiko scene.

The eight members of Sansho Daiko come from a variety of backgrounds and bring with them a wealth of experience. Individual members have played with other taiko groups including Katari Taiko, Uzume Taiko, Chibi Taiko, Steveston Tera Taiko, Gold Buddha Monastery Taiko, Kita No Taiko (Edmonton) and Tokidoki Taiko. What they share is a love for taiko and the enjoyment that comes from being part of a cohesive group. Members who have played professionally bring their broad experience to the rest of the ensemble. Together they create a powerful and joyous sound that resonates long after the last beat has been played . . .

John Endo Greenaway
2010

Seattle Kokon Taiko strives to maintain and develop a Japanese American folk art based around the performance, promotion and study of taiko. We see taiko as a dynamic synthesis of rhythm, movement and spirit originating in Japan and evolving as a folk art over the last several hundred years - and that continues to develop in new directions here in America. In SKT, we aspire to the development of a uniquely Japanese American art form --Japanese in origin, American in expression-- that weaves threads of continuity between generations and builds bridges of understanding among people of all nationalities and walks of life.

Stan Shikuma
1980

Located at the University of California, Riverside, Senryu Taiko is the fourth intercollegiate taiko group to ever form in the United States. Self-taught and self-substained, the club continues the tradition of kumidaiko by writing music together, teaching incoming members, and forming ties with other collegiate taiko groups across the nation.

Warren Macdonald
Tiffany Chu
1998

Shin3 [“Shin to the power of 3”] is an ensemble of three female performers who have a background in taiko and Japanese folk dance. Shin3 also teaches, does kamishibai story-telling, creates and performs original works, including such pieces as Shishimai (lion dance).

Shin is a root word that has multiple definitions but three were adopted to reflect the group’s core values. 1) heart-mind 2) truth and, 3) trust. Each of these three values are depicted as three distinct kanji.

As performers, Shin3 seeks to add originality, humor and audience interaction to its performances. The members take joy in performing and teaching and every effort is made to interact and connect with the audience/students to share in that joy.

Shin3 consists of: Audrey Nakasone, Elaine Fukumoto and Joyce Layne.
Shin3 is affiliated with Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in Los Angeles.

shin3nishi@yahoo.com

Joyce Layne
2004

Shinsho - Mugen Daiko, founded in 1999, is a group of drummers who are interested in studying the art of Japanese drumming. The founding director, Ikuyo Conant, emphasizes cultivation of energy, self-awareness and social and personal harmony in Taiko drumming. The group introduces a contemporary style of Taiko drumming with movements and powerful sounds at community, cultural and school events in Monterey County and beyond.

Pam Dally
Ikuyo Conant
1999
Jon Whitsell
2004
1999
Arnold Shimizu
1995

Spokane Taiko is a non-profit organization that seeks to build community and create awareness through the traditional music, and especially rhythms, of Japan. We are a performing group that brings the flavor of Japan to any festival or corporate gathering. Audiences will be soothed at times, and electrified at other times by the primal throb and pulse of the instruments. Members of Spokane Taiko experience a journey in building relationships, physical stamina, focus, and cooperation (just to name a few). These skills not only contribute to a fine tuned kumi-daiko ensemble, but to a harmonious lifestyle even outside the group. The culture that surrounds the art of taiko is one that involves patience and discipline in every aspect of life. We offer adult classes and Taiko Gaki for children 8 to 13.

Aaron Mark
spokanetaiko@live.com
1997
info@stltaiko.com
1986
1992

This taiko group is affiliated with the Stockton Buddhist Temple in Stockton, CA

Chris Kubo
1990

Taiko Center of Los Angeles
Director: Rev. Tom Kurai
www.taikocenter.com
info@taikocenter.com
Mobile: (626) 484-5184

The Taiko Center of Los Angeles (TCLA) was founded by Reverend Tom Kurai in 1996. The purpose of TCLA is to promote the art of Japanese taiko in the community through performances and holding classes in the community. There are three performing ensembles in: Satori Daiko, Shinzen Daiko and the Taiko Center of LA Ensemble.

1996

Taiko Center of the Pacific (TCP), a school of traditional and contemporary Japanese drumming, was established in 1994 by Kenny and Chizuko Endo to preserve traditional Japanese drumming and to create new music for taiko. TCP offers classes in taiko drumming to the general public year round for all ages and all skill levels. Since its inception, thousands of children and adults have studied kumidaiko, or ensemble drumming, at Taiko Center of the Pacific. From age 3 - 83, students learn basic form, technique, practice pieces, and cultural customs associated with the art form. TCP is proud of its highly qualified instructors with Kenny Endo serving as Artistic Director.

Chizuko Endo
1994

Taiko Con Fusion was formed in 2009 by former members of Grass Valley Taiko. Our goal was to provide a supportive environment for anyone interested in Taiko and to look into "fusing" traditional Taiko with other instruments and genres, hence the name Taiko Con Fusion. The following ddescribes our reasons for being that were formed after attending Taiko Spirit camp in Crestone Colorado.

Why do we Drum? We drum for joy, we drum for health, we drum to experience unity with the drum, our fellow players and to feel the resounding vibrations honoring our Mother Earth. We drum for different reasons, we drum for creativity, we drum for the heck of it, we drum to find our natural rhythm. All are welcome and any physical limitations will be accommodated.

Susan Murphy smurphdvm@yahoo.com
Russ Hamilton
2009

Taiko Kaua`i was formed in January of 2001, and we are currently based in the town of Hanapepe, on the island of Kaua`i, in Hawai`i. From its inception, Taiko Kaua`i has been guided by three major goals. 1) To promote and perpetuate the artistry and culture of taiko playing. 2) To foster physical fitness and well-being. 3) To have fun! What we do in our group is truly a collective effort, in that we have no real sensei. Over the years, we’ve been fortunate to have received help and instruction from members of many other taiko groups including Hawai`i Matsuri Taiko, Taiko Center of the Pacific, Zenshin Daiko, Watanabe Taiko, San Francisco Taiko Dojo, San Jose Taiko, Taiko Ren, Taikoz, Maze Daiko, Makoto Taiko, and Kodo.

We are a community-based group of about 36 members, and build most of the drums we play, including odaiko, chu-daiko and shime-daiko. While public performances are not a priority for us, we always perform at local bon dances during the summer obon season, and throughout the year at various private and public venues. If you are planning a future visit to our island of Kaua`i, please contact us. We always welcome guests from the world taiko community. Aloha.

Contact Judi at beagles@aloha.net

Judith Murakami
Gerald Ida
2001

Taiko Ren, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, has been drumming collectively since 2000, when we came together with training and performance experience from San Francisco Taiko Dojo and other organizations. We have performed at festivals, community and school events, corporate shows and private events.

Together, we explore and create a positive, expressive style of music, bring this powerful art form to diverse audiences and play for the sheer joy of drumming.

2000

Taiko Sisters is an all-woman taiko group. We are informal, non-traditional and supportive. Our mission is to teach women the joy of drumming and to share this joy with our community.

The Stonestown Family YMCA (located in San Francisco, CA) offers beginning taiko classes to seniors. Beginning classes on 3 levels are held weekly. They are free to all seniors. Leader and teacher: Carol Ayers, teacher: Fumi Spencer.

Carol Ayers
taikosisters2@gmail.com
415-242-7135

“TAIKO with TONI” has been in the Denver area since 1995 - although Toni Yagami has played taiko since 1978 (Denver Taiko and San Jose Taiko). We strive to entertain and educate while sharing our passion for taiko and what it means to us as we perform for schools, festivals, and on concert stages. We hope to reach your heart and soul and connect with all who hear the thunderous sound of the taiko intermingled with the soothing voice of the bamboo flute. Toni and Lance(who both hold degrees in music education and performance)have led workshops at the past three North American taiko conferences on the west coast; and with KASAMix, have taken groups to Japan for workshops with KODO and Asano Taiko.

Toni Y Yagami
1995
2005

TAIKOPROJECT was founded in 2000 in Los Angeles, California by a group of young, emerging taiko drummers. They were seeking to create a truly American style of taiko, blending traditional forms in which they were raised, with an innovative and fresh aesthetic approach to the Japanese drum.

TAIKOPROJECT first made waves when they became the first American taiko group to win the prestigious Tokyo International Taiko Contest in 2005, beating out all the Japanese taiko groups in attendance. That same year, they were cast in the Mitsubishi Eclipse commercial, the first and only American national advertising campaign to prominently feature taiko. They followed that up with performances in some of the world's highest profile events, including the 2009 Academy Awards and the 2011 Grammy Awards.

TAIKOPROJECT has performed and recorded with some of the world's most well-known musical artists, including Stevie Wonder, Usher, rock band 30 Seconds to Mars, A.R. Rahman, John Legend, rapper Xzibit, Kanye West, producer Squeak E. Clean, Greek singer Antonis Remos, and DJ Tiesto. Today, they teach and perform all over the world, and have established Southern California's only dedicated taiko studio in Long Beach, not only continuing to push the boundaries of the artform of taiko, but also nurturing future generations of taiko drummers.

Bryan Yamami, Managing Director
2000

Tampa Taiko is a professional drumming ensemble that has performed their unique style for a vast array of audiences, performing at festivals, concert halls, schools, workshops, summer camps, corporate and VIP events. Using a collection of taiko drums made by themselves from discarded wine barrels, Tampa Taiko has developed a fusion of old and new styles of drumming, bringing a contemporary vibrance to an ancient martial artform.

Ron Collins
Hiroko Honton
2006

The Genki Spark is a multi-generational, pan-Asian women's taiko-based performance troupe devoted to the art of taiko as well as advocating for Asian pride and visibility. Through educational workshops, classes, and demonstrations, The Genki Spark promotes the visibility and voice of Asian Americans with their positive attitudes, team spirit, and zest for life while advocating respect for all.

"One of our goals includes breaking stereotypes about Asian women. We are loud and proud, strong Asian women with full of in-your-face attitude (in a good way!) and we're not afraid to speak our minds! The Genki Spark encourages those who are shy to step up and speak out and to love who you are. We perform and host workshops on taiko, identity, empowerment, and community building at various cultural events, community organizations, colleges, and schools." Jennifer Moy, teen troupe member

If you know of other Asian women's groups with progressive/advocacy agenda that includes increasing the visibility of Asian women we would like to know them! We found Sawagi Taiko in Vancouver and Raging Asian Women in Toronto and would love to find peers in the United States. Please let us know :)

We LOVE our Facebook FRIENDS! Friend us: The Genki Spark.
www.facebook.com/home.php#!/thegenkispark

Karen Young (karen@thegenkispark.org)
2010

Formed by a former member of Denver Taiko, Aimee Miyazawa and current KiDaiko (High School Group in Olathe, KS) Instructors/Members, Keiko Okada-Brown, Karen Reed, and Dianne Daugherty. Started during the summer of 2010 in Olathe, KS, (Kansas City, KS) from a passionate group wanting to start an adult Taiko community group in the area.

Current Members Include:
Aimee Miyazawa
Keiko Okada-Brown
Karen Reed
Dianne Daugherty
Kevin Phillips
Rhianne Svahnberg
Charles Boyce
Nithya Gee
Damon James
Jennifer Nelson

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Three-Trails-Taiko/108968302486415
Twitter: 3TrailsTaiko

Aimee Miyazawa
threetrailstaiko@gmail.com
2010

Togen Daiko was formed in April 1996 at the Oxnard Buddhist Temple in Oxnard, California, with the group's debut being only two months later at the Oxnard Obon Festival.

Togen Daiko's original performance pieces and style have been a group effort and shaped by the current Artistic Director Bruce Arikawa, a member of Los Angeles's Kinnara Taiko, who came on board and took over the teaching job in January 1997.

Togen Daiko performs a variety of pieces that both its young, as well as, its young-at-heart members enjoy playing. The group's repertoire emphasizes a mix of different taiko styles with exciting visual movements.

Togen Daiko is one of the few Ventura County taiko groups still active and enjoys sharing the distinctive taiko sounds with communities locally and from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo.

Bruce Arikawa, Artistic Director
info@togendaiko.org
1996
Trevor Henthorn
2010

Triangle Taiko, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, is an all-volunteer group dedicated to the exploration and performance of Taiko. Our motto is “sharing the spirit of Taiko with the world”.

Triangle Taiko celebrates diversity, and welcomes members who wish to do so as well. Our members come from many walks of life and are of various ages. We simply enjoy playing taiko.

Mari Suguro
Rocky and Yoko Iwashima
2002

Basing its operations out of the Japanese American Service Committee of Chicago (JASC), Tsukasa Taiko's mission is to preserve and pass on the traditional concepts of taiko as a cultural legacy and to utilize these concepts in expanding and evolving the taiko form.

Dedicated to building community and being a leader in the taiko drumming culture of the Midwest, Tsukasa Taiko maintains a national profile by presenting powerful performances across the country throughout the year. Tsukasa Taiko has also made an impact outside of the usual taiko arena by participating in multi-cultural musical collaborations in creative music.

Contact Name:
Tatsu Aoki (Artistic Director and Producer of Tsukasa Taiko and Leader of Toyoaki Shamisen)
tatsu@airmw.org

Amy Homma (Leader/Head Instructor of Tsukasa Taiko)
amy@airmw.org

2004

We are Tsunagari Taiko Center, a taiko and awa-odori group and School in center Paris. Founded in 2011, we are the first taiko professional organisation in France. Tsunagari Taiko Center is dedicated to promote joy experience through traditional Japanese art forms. Consequently, we develop cooperation rather than competition, personal evolution rather than "just hitting" drums. Also, we spend a lot of energy to develop our coherence in a vision of quality. All of our taiko come from Miyamoto in Tokyo. The best way for us to let people hear the real sound of taiko.

Also, we try to spread the taiko spirit worldwide with the launch of Wake Up Drums world wide taiko chain.

2011

Uminari Taiko is a community-based group in Victoria, B.C.
Founded in early 2002 by a group of taiko keeners after a 2001 workshop hosted by Katari Taiko of Vancouver, Uminari Taiko enjoys a close affiliation with the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society.

Jacob Derksen <jacob(at)uminaritaiko.com>
2002

Uzu Wadaiko is located in Uji City, the second largest city in Kyoto prefecture between Kyoto City and Nara. Uji City is famous for its tea production as well as its connection with The Tale of Genji. In 1989, before Uzu was formed, there was a group called Ujigawa Daiko - a small community taiko group. Wanting to further enhance their taiko skills, a few members formed a small taiko circle. In the spring of 1990, this taiko circle finally became the group that is now called Uzu Wadaiko. Currently lead by Takio Kitamura, the group's mission is to create new friendships, promote good health and spread the knowledge of taiko to their community.

Takio Kitamura
1990

The Wajima Kiriko Taiko Association or Hozonkai in Japanese, is
a nationally recognized taiko preservation association headquarted in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. The Japan Association is headed by Mr. Mitsuru Kurata, the chairman. The U.S. Association is headed by Mr. Walter Tsushima with headquarters in Chatsworth, California.

As a member of the Hozonkai, one will not only aim to improve their taiko skill and technique, but will learn to become a better person as well by being an example of the "way of taiko." Both the Japan and U.S. Hozonkai's mission is to promote and share the "Kiriko" style of taiko drumming along with the history, culture and spirit of the Noto Peninsula. We hope that the North American taiko community welcomes our unique and special style of taiko drumming.

Email: info@wkdhozonkai.com
Phone: (213) 53-TAIKO

Walter Tsushima
1976

started by John Hooker. The artistic director for 20 years is Ikuyo Conant. www.watsonvilletaiko.org

info@watsonvilletaiko.org
Taeko D'andres
1991

Yamabuki Japanese Drum was founded in 2002 by initiative os JICA ( Japan International Cooperation Agency) in order to expand this ancient art in Brazil.

The instructors, Oscar Yukio Hayashi and his wife, Aoi T. Hayashi divide the affinity for taiko teaching this art.

The family being the nucleus of society, interaction between adults and children that include respect, honesty and love are "the foundation" to walk towards a morally worthy society.

The conduct os educators is essencial for the formation of an active and responsible learners, wich will continue this learning.

Oscar Yukio Hayashi
Aoi Takahashi Hayashi
2002
2005

Based in Ukiah area of Mendocino County, initially taught by Sensei Bruce Ghent, now under the leadership of Jennifer Ung, affiliated with SPACE (Near and Arnold's School of Performing Arts and Cultural Education), non-profit, performing locally for events and fund raisers.

Jennifer Ung
2008

Zenshin Daiko is a non-profit corporation that is dedicated to teaching taiko to children and sharing it with the community. Since forming in March of 1999 Zenshin Daiko has grown to over 40 members ages 6 - 17 and has had over 600 performances, averaging over four a month at cultural and community events all over Maui and on Molokai, Lanai, Oahu, Kauai and Hawaii. Zenshin Daiko has also performed in Los Angeles, Wisconsin and Japan.

Zenshin Daiko is also the sponsor of the longest running Taiko Festival in Hawaii. Zenshin Daiko's 12th Annual Taiko Festival consisted of two concerts. Kagami Kai performed at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on June 11 then Stanford Taiko and special guest Kenny Endo at the Maui Theatre on June 18.

Zenshin means forward. This embraces the philosophies on which this group was formed. We feel that we can learn from the past, but, by looking forward and focusing our efforts on the future, we can expand an awareness and appreciation of our culture and have a lot of fun too.

Anthony Jones
1999