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

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

Taiko learning entered a new era in 2014 when kaDON was founded by Kenny Endo, Kaoru Watanabe, and Shoji Kameda in partnership with Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten. Through this online venture, performers can learn how to play taiko, fue, and chappa as well as pieces composed by Kameda and Watanabe. With offerings for beginners and longtime 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

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

NATC Needs ASL Interpreters!

Hello Taiko Community! TCA is looking for American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters to help with workshop and plenary session interpreting at this summer’s North American Taiko Conference in San Diego. If you are ASL-enabled, and are interested in helping with this endeavor, contact us at concierge@taikocommunityalliance.org. We’re doing our best to help make NATC accessible 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

20 Years to NATC - ECTC

20 Years to NATC Timeline: East Coast Taiko Conference

This week, as part of our 20 Years to NATC timeline, we are featuring the East Coast Taiko Conference! The North American Taiko Conference has inspired many regional taiko conferences, including the East Coast Taiko Conference (ECTC). The first ECTC was held in 2011 at Cornell University, hosted by Yamatai. Since then, players from across Read More