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!

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!

New Interview: Ai Matsuda

We’re happy to release the latest in the TaikoSource interview series! This time, I spoke with Ai Matsuda. Born and raised in Japan before moving to Hawaii at the age of 16, Aichan has played with Hawaii Matsuri Taiko and the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble, and has studied with Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka, Yuu Ishizuka, Classical Japanese music (Kabuki Bayashi) from Saburo Mochizuki, and Edo Bayashi/Shinobue/Shishimai from Kyosuke Suzuki of the Taneo Wakayama School of Wakayama Shachu.

During our conversation, we talk about Aichan’s experiences playing taiko in Hawaii, the mainland United States, and Japan. Aichan discusses the various roles that taiko has had in her life, the various identities that taiko has taken on, and how her relationship with taiko has changed over time.

Visit the interview page to listen to or download the recording!

New Interview: James Beale

We’re happy to announce the next in our Interview series! This time, Ben spoke with James Beale. Relocating from the UK to the United Arab Emirates in 2014, James founded Shoten Taiko in Dubai, the first Taiko group based locally in the Middle East. In this discussion, we talk about his taiko journey, how playing taiko helped as he relocated to Dubai, and the idiosyncrasies that come with being the first taiko group in the Middle East.

Visit the interview page to check it out!