20 Years to NATC Timeline - Taiko Boom

20 Years to NATC Timeline: Taiko Boom

Shawn Bender was part of the first wave of taiko scholars, completing his dissertation in 2003 on tradition and modernity in kumidaiko. Building upon this ground-breaking work, in 2012 he published Taiko Boom: Japanese Drumming in Place and Motion the first – and to date, only – scholastic book in English about taiko performance. An Associate Read More

20 Years to NATC Timeline- KaDON teaches the world (1)

20 Years of NATC Timeline: kaDON Takes Taiko to the Internet

CORRECTION: This version corrects an earlier version that incorrectly listed Kenny Endo and Kaoru Watanabe among the list of founding personnel for kaDON.  Taiko pedagogy entered a new era in 2014 when kaDON was founded by Yoshihiko Miyamoto, Aya Yoshida, and Shoji Kameda. Powered by Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten, kaDON offers classes by celebrated artists like Read More

20 Years to NATC - TaikoProject Wins

20 Years of NATC Timeline: TAIKOPROJECT Wins Tokyo International Taiko Contest

Just 5 years after they were founded in 2000, TAIKOPROJECT won the adult group division of the 2005 Tokyo International Taiko Contest. They were the first American group to ever win in this competition. After playing the assigned piece “beat Essence” required of all competitors, they performed “Expanding” and “Omiyage.” This feat introduced Japan to Read More

20 Years to NATC - RTG

20 Years to NATC Timeline: Regional Taiko Gathering

At the first NATC in 1997, Duane Ebata, then Program Chair of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC), challenged attendees to start their own regional conferences. The first meeting to come from that challenge was the Regional Taiko Gathering. Held every two years since 1998 at various sites across the Pacific Northwest and Read More

NATC's Importance - Workshop Leaders

NATC’s Importance: As told by Workshop Leaders

Workshops dominate many participants’ time at the North American Taiko Conference. Out of the 25.5 hours of activities currently scheduled for this summer’s gathering at the University of California San Diego, 12.5 hours (49%) are workshops! Of course, participants at past conferences have listed the workshops as one of the major reasons for attending, so Read More