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 - 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

Timeline 2- EUROPEAN TAIKO CONFERENCE

20 Years to NATC Timeline: European Taiko Conference

This week, our 20 Years to NATC timeline celebrates one of many community gatherings that have been started over the last twenty years.  Most recently, the European Taiko Community has come together for ETC, the European Taiko Conference. NATC has inspired performers across the world to hold their own conferences! In 2016, the first European Read More

Timeline 1- Founding (1)

20 Years to NATC Timeline: Founding of TCA

In August 2013, 52 leaders from across North America gathered at Stanford University to shape and discuss the values and activities of the newly formed Taiko Community Alliance. Over three days, participants discussed how the organization could help support the continued growth of the North American taiko community, as well as laid the foundation for Read More