Cultural and Educational Organizations

Taiko Drums

1. Northern California Taiko Drumming Groups

  San Francisco Taiko Dojo
  Grandmaster Tanaka founded the original San Francisco Taiko Dojo in 1968, bringing taiko as an art form to America. Taiko Dojo was the first taiko group in the country but, over the years, Seichi Tanaka's students have travelled across the globe, forming new taiko ensembles and establishing taiko as an art form blending traditional and contemporary rhythms, dance and martial arts to create the unique Tanaka style.
San Jose Taiko
San Jose Taiko is one of the oldest Taiko ensembles in the country. In addition to an active domestic and international performing schedule, the organization maintains a training program for young players and adults, and conducts educational sessions at Bay Area schools and community centers. Reaching a very diverse audience of more than 85,000 people annually, the organization has developed a number of unique artistic partnerships, including Abhinaya Dance Company and hip-hop group The Bangerz.
Jiten Daiko
Jiten Daiko is a young Bay Area Japanese Taiko ensemble. With deep respect for the taiko art form, they strive for artistic excellence in creating an exhilarating musical experience for their audiences. They ground their practice in hard work, collaboration, and a fusion of innovation and tradition. As they continue to grow under their unique training system, and draw from both Japanese and American influences, their group aspires to bring a youthful and energizing sound to the stage.
Emeryville Taiko
Emeryville Taiko is a non-profit San Francisco Bay Area taiko group providing traditional Japanese drumming classes and performances. It is a close-knit dojo devoted to learning and performing taiko.

2. Northern California Collegiate Taiko Groups

   Stanford Taiko
  Stanford Taiko is a collegiate performing ensemble devoted to bringing the awareness of taiko to the greater community. Composed of 15-20 Stanford students, Stanford Taiko is an entirely student run group under the guidance of the Department of Music.
CAL Raijin Taiko
In the Spring of 2005, a small-but-committed group of students pooled together their resources and formed UC Berkeley's first taiko group. Since then, Cal Raijin Taiko has gone on to become Berkeley's premier Japanese drumming performance ensemble. With a repertoire consisting entirely of original compositions, Cal Raijin Taiko performs to spread the knowledge, love, and passion of taiko to both the campus and the surrounding communities.
UCD Bakuhatsu Taiko Dan
Bakuhatsu Taiko Dan is a student run organization at UC Davis dedicated to the art of taiko. Bakuhatsu means "explosion," and symbolizes their enthusiastic performance style. BTD promotes the appreciation of Japanese culture, pride in one's heritage, teamwork and friendship.
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