ECTC 2019 Photos and Slideshow Now Available!

Photos from last weekend’s (February 22-24) 2019 East Coast Taiko Conference are now available on our SmugMug page! Visit the gallery at !

Additionally, the slideshow that played during the Closing Session can be viewed on our YouTube channel:

New Taiko Music History Article: Gendai ni Ikiru

We’re happy to announce the release of a new?Taiko Music History article!

This time, we’re exploring “Gendai ni Ikiru,” composed by Gary Tsujimoto for San Jose Taiko?in 1978. In this article, we explore the jazz influences within this SJT standard, and how it “joins the traditional rhythms of Japanese drumming with other world rhythms, including African, Brazilian, Filipino, Latin, and jazz, bridging many styles, while still resonating with the Asian soul in America.”

New Music History Article: “Ashura”

We’re happy to announce the release of the newest article in the TaikoSource Taiko Music history series! This time, we look at Kinnara Taiko’s “Ashura,” and how the piece is linked to Kinnara Taiko’s origins as well as the broader history of horaku in the Buddhist church.

Many thanks to members of Kinnara Taiko for their feedback about this article.

Go to the article page to check it out!

Taiko Center of the Pacific Fellowship

The application deadline for the Taiko Center of the Pacific is Wednesday, May 2.

The Fellowship is a one-year scholarship to study traditional and contemporary taiko in Honolulu, Hawaii. ?The 2018-2019 Fellowship begins summer 2018 (start date flexible). ?Applications are due May 2 each year.

List of past & present fellows

Fellowship Includes:

  • $250 one-time cash stipend. Opportunity to participate in any regular TCP class. Placement in the TCP Performing Ensemble Trainee Program with the opportunity to become a performing member of the Honolulu ensemble.

Other Benefits:

  • Opportunities to study hogaku hayashi, matsuri bayashi, lion dance, and fue through discounted private lessons with Kenny Endo.
  • Possible part-time taiko teaching assistant position in the summer.
  • Possible part-time employment as an administrative and/or teaching staff member.
  • A large and close-knit taiko community.
  • Opportunities to travel and perform on neighbor islands.
  • Access to quality higher education opportunities at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Kapiolani Community College, Chaminade University, and Hawaii Pacific University.
  • Great weather! Great food! Great beaches!


  • Fellowship recipients must be between 18-35 years old.
  • Minimum of 3 years taiko experience, or an equivalent?combination of experience in taiko and other performing?arts.
  • Applicants must submit, by mail or online: an application form, 10-15?minute audition videotape (DVD or YouTube), and an application essay. Finalists may be interviewed via telephone by members of TCP Performing Ensemble.
  • One-year commitment required with possibility for renewal. Approximately 10-15 hours/week in practice, teaching and administrative assistance.

Who should apply?

  • Members of youth taiko groups who are interested in pursuing their undergraduate degrees in Hawaii.
  • Members of collegiate taiko groups who are interested in pursuing graduate degrees in Hawaii.
  • Any other member of the taiko community interested in pursuing this unique opportunity.


For more information, visit the TCP Fellowship website at?

Taiko Center of the Pacific 2018 STI Information Now Available!

The Taiko Center of the Pacific’s?16th Annual Summer Taiko Intensives will take place?July 30 – August 3 in?Honolulu, Hawaii
Five days of taiko and Tsugaru shamisen with a stellar group of instructors from Japan and Hawaii.
Instructors include:
Hiromitsu Agatsuma – Tsugaru shamisen
Chieko Kojima – Hana Hachijo
Yosuke Oda – Odaiko, Katsugi taiko, chudaiko
Kenny Endo – taiko set (3 drums)
Sho’on Shibata – double beta uchi
–10% Discount available until May 2 for persons registering for 3 or more classes
For more information:

New Taiko Music Article: Sokobayashi

We’re happy to announce the release of a new article in the TaikoSource Taiko Music History series! In this article, we look at Tanaka Seiichi’s composition “Sokobayashi,” a staple of the San Francisco Taiko Dojo repertoire. We explore how the piece reflects Tanaka’s own influences but also the manner in which he was developing his own performance style in the 1970s. Visit the article page to check it out!

New Interview: Carrie Carter

We’re happy to release a new interview in our series! This time, we sat down with Carrie Carter of All Things Taiko. Carrie is one of the original members of Ohio’s premier taiko group, Icho Daiko, founded in 2004. She has also performed with Seattle Kokon Taiko, O ? Daiko (大 ? 鼓, Hong Kong), and Shippu Uchi Daiko (疾風打太鼓, Japan) with Ryo Shimamoto (嶋本 龍). A pioneer in the world of taiko blogging, Carrie is the creator of All Things Taiko (, an instructional resource for those interested in learning to play taiko. She received her MPhil. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Hong Kong for her research on the history and development of taiko as an art form.

During our discussion, we talked with Carrie about her performance background, her experience learning, playing, and teaching taiko in different places around the world, and her blogging activities. Visit the interview page to check it out!