Taiko Community Video Forum

Sharing Taiko Stories from Around the World!

Topic 1
【Taiko as a Performing Art】

Taiko as an Expression on Stage: Its Development and Future

 

“BONTEN”

Bonten was formed in 1999 and started performing on stage in 2000. While focusing on taiko drumming, Bonten has pursued their own musicality and released many original compositions. Bonten has been providing music for overseas teams for many years, and has had a wide range of exchange through taiko drumming in the United States, Europe and Asia. Another characteristic of Bonten is powerful and supple performances by female players, centered on Momo Kobayashi, the daughter of the team founder Masataka Kobayashi.

 

BONTEN (Kanagawa, Japan)

Official Email:info@bonten-taiko.com

Official website: http://www.bonten-taiko.com/

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“Taiko Lecco”

Meet Taiko Lecco from Italy! The number of performances, various projects, international collaborations, school work, etc… is admirable! Their sub-group Sanbiki no Taikouchi involves three performers, who share a further passion for taiko.  Hurray for taiko in Italy!

Grazie to Taiko Lecco and TCA for letting WTC share this video that was initially submitted to Taikothon 2020!

Taiko Lecco(Lombardia, Italy)

Official Email:taikolecco@gmail.com

Official website: http://taikolecco.wixsite.com/taikolecco

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“Tengu Taiko Drummers”

Watch Tengu Taiko Drummers perform “Raku” composed by former Shidara, Awa (aka Chabo-san).  This was a piece learned from the help of the Taiko Source website, and performed at the UK Taiko Festival in 2019!

Thank you to Tengu Taiko Drummers and TCA for letting WTC share this video that was initially submitted to Taikothon 2020!

Tengu Taiko Drummers (North Yorkshire, UK)

Official Email:tengutaiko@hotmail.com

Official website: http://www.tengutaiko.com/

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“Dounen Daiko”

Meet Dounen Daiko! A teen taiko group of Nen Daiko from Reston, Virginia! They started practicing virtually in March, and just returned to in-person practices 2 times per month. This is their song called Anthem written by Brant Horio & Emily Ihara. It's about being your own person while also being a member of a group. Dounen Daiko made this video by combining videos that they each took this summer.

Thank you to Dounen Daiko and TCA for letting WTC share this video that was initially submitted to Taikothon 2020!

Dounen Daiko  (Virginia, USA)

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“TaikoMac”

Re-skinning taiko in a basement in Philly….?  Meet Mac Evans, a East-Coast-Based taiko performer, instructor, and drum handy man.  This video showcases looking to the future, as Mac prepares drums to be re-headed and performed in the future.

Thank you to Mac Evans and TCA for letting WTC share this video that was initially submitted to Taikothon 2020!

TaikoMac (Pennsylvania, U.S.A)

Official website: https://www.taikomac.com/

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“Hoh Daiko”

Hoh Daiko accen-chu-ated the positive by hosting a drive-thru obon this year as well as a virtual obon program. Here are clips from their virtual obon!

Thank you to Hoh Daiko and TCA for letting WTC share this video that was initially submitted to Taikothon 2020!

Hoh Daiko (New Jersey, U.S.A)

“Kenny Endo ”

Based in Hawaii, Kenny celebrated his 40th anniversary of taiko in 2015, showcasing his concert as his submission! This year would definitely be his 45th anniversary of taiko, so congratulations Kenny! WTC loves the fusion and musicality that Kenny shared with the taiko community.  

Mahalo to Kenny Endo and TCA for letting WTC share this video that was initially submitted to Taikothon 2020!

*Kenny Endo will be featured in the Live Talk sessions. Be sure to check it out!

Kenny Endo (Hawaii, U.S.A)

Official Website:  https://www.kennyendo.com/

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“Soh Daiko”

Meet Soh Daiko, the first taiko group established on the east coast of the U.S., in 1979.  The New York based group celebrated their 40th anniversary last year, and showcased their version of Miyake in this fantastic video!

Thank you to Soh Daiko and TCA for letting WTC share this video that was initially submitted to Taikothon 2020!

*One of the founding members of Soh Daiko, Alan Okada, is one of our speakers for WTC Premium TALKS, shared prior to the event.  Go check that out also!

Soh Daiko (New York, U.S.A)

Official Website:  http://www.sohdaiko.org/

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“Taiko Center of the Pacific ”

Taiko Center of the Pacific is based off of the popular Oahu island in Honolulu.  This particular piece is called “Araumi” Stormy Seas by Kirstin Pauka. Originally from Germany, Kirstin has been a member of Taiko Center of the Pacific (TCP) longer than anyone (since 1991)! This performance was a collaboration between TCP and the University of Hawaii Dance Department in 2013.

*Kenny Endo and Yeeman Mui (ManMan) (in the video as a performing member of TCP) will be featured in the Live Talk sessions. Be sure to check it out!

Taiko Center of the Pacific (Hawaii, U.S.A)

Official Website:https://taikoarts.com/

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Topic 3

【TAIKO and COMMUNITY】

The Value of Taiko in Multicultural Societies

“Mike Gonhata (Manoa Taiko) & Sho‘on Shibata (Taiko Center of the Pacific) ”

Meet Mike and Sho’on!  Watch them play to Yagi Bushi Bon Taiko at the beautiful beach in Honolulu!   Music by Isaku Kageyama & Friends  Taiko by Mike Gonhata & Sho‘on Shibata

Mahalo to Mike Gonhata, Sho’on Shibata, and TCA for letting WTC share this video that was initially submitted to Taikothon 2020!

Mike Gonhata (Manoa Taiko) & Sho‘on Shibata (Taiko Center of the Pacific) (Hawaii, U.S.A)

Official Website:  http://manoataiko.com/

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“Puna Taiko”