Over the years Arashi Daiko has had the chance to meet so many musicians and other taiko groups. Below are some web sites that you might find of interest.
Information on Taiko
Great resource to find taiko groups in North America and other information on taiko.
An overview of taiko from Wikipedia.
For the longest time, North American taiko groups had to either build their own taiko from barrels or order from Japan, which can be very expensive. But over the years, the number of groups has grown enough for some North American taiko makers to be able to develop their craft and make a living from it. For more information please visit www.taiko.com/index.php. You will find below only a few taiko makers from the United States and Japan that we know personally.
- www.asano.jp and asano.us
Asano Taiko, Japan. They have been around for almost 400 years (since 1609) and just recently opened a US branch in California. This is simply a priceless experience.
Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten, Tokyo, Japan. If you have a chance to go to Tokyo, make sure you visit their store in Asakusa and make sure you visit the Drum Museum on the 4th floor!
Miyoshi Taiko, California, USA. We have not had the opportunity to purchase one of Mark Miyoshi’s drums yet but he has been kind enough make custom size replacement skins for us and we have been very happy with his craftsmanship and help.
We are really happy to see that the number of taiko groups in Canada has been steadily increasing in the past few years. We are only listing some of the groups we know and have kept in touch with over the years, some of them for 25 years!
Chibi Taiko, youth taiko group from Vancouver, BC.
Fubuki Taiko, from Winnipeg, MB.
Hinode Taiko, from Winnipeg, MB.
Katari Taiko, from Vancouver, BC.
Kita no Taiko, from Edmonton, AB.
Nagata Shachu (formerly Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble), from Toronto, ON.
Oto-Wa Taiko, from Ottawa, ON.
Uminari Taiko, from Victoria, BC.
Uzume Taiko Ensemble, from Vancouver, BC.
Yakudo, from Toronto, ON.
RAW, from Toronto, ON.
Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka brought taiko to North America back in 1968, and taiko groups have been booming ever since. There are literally hundreds of groups throughout the USA, with a great concentration on the West Coast, where taiko first landed. The number of groups listed here represents only a minute part of the vibrant taiko community in the United States.
Burlington Taiko, from Burlington, VT.
Odaiko New England, from Boston, MA.
On Ensemble, from Los Angeles, CA.
Sacramento Taiko Dan, from Sacramento, CA.
San Francisco Taiko Dojo, from San Francisco, CA.
San Jose Taiko, from San Jose, CA.
Shasta Taiko, from Mount Shasta, CA.
Soh Daiko, from New York, NY.
Taiko Project, from Los Angeles, CA.
Taiko With Toni, from Denver, CO.
Taikoza, from New York, NY.
Some estimate the number of taiko groups to more than 8000 in Japan!
Kodo, professional taiko group from Sado Island, Japan
Miyake Taiko, professional taiko group that focuses on the traditional style of taiko from Miyake Island, Japan.
Shidara, professional taiko group from Aichi-ken, Japan.
- Web site not available
Ryujin Daiko, Youth taiko group from Tokyo, Japan.
Since 1983, Arashi Daiko has had the privilege of meeting amazing artists and developing lasting friendships. Here are some of our friends.
Patrick Graham, percussionist
Ganesh Anandan, percussionist
- www.philiphornsey.com/ and www.timpano-percussion.com/
Phillip Hornsey, percussionist
Matsu Take Ensemble, the only Japanese chamber music ensemble in Montreal, QC
Kohei Nishikawa, Japanese flute player
- 万踊衆 – Manyoushu
Kikuchi Shouhei, Traditional Japanese dance master
Japanese folk dance group
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