to Apr 30

Kyosuke Suzuki US Tour

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After a successful US tour in August 2017, Suzuki sensei will be back to teach and perform in Chicago, Minneapolis, and New York. 

April 11 - 18
Ho Etsu Taiko, Chicago

April 18 - 27
TaikoArts Midwest, Minneapolis

April 27 - 30
Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center, Brooklyn

Learn more about Suzuki sensei.

Contact Eien for more information.

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to Sep 9

Tataki Taiko and Shamisen Workshops

Tataki Taiko and Shamisen Workshops
September 8-9, 2018
San Jose, CA
Instructors: Kyle Abbott (shamisen), Eien Hunter-Ishikawa (taiko)

Tataki Interest Form

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TATAKI brings two unique workshops each day in San Jose Japantown! The goal is to work on deeper collaboration between taiko and shamisen players. Kyle and Eien are composing a piece for this intensive, and participants are free to take it with them for their own use after the gathering.

Advanced Level: For regular practitioners of taiko and shamisen seeking to level up their abilities.

Beginner Level: To give regular shamisen and taiko players the opportunity to have fun trying the other instrument! Shamisen players can learn taiko basics, and taiko players can learn shamisen basics.

 Kyle Abbott and Eien Hunter-Ishikawa of Tataki Taiko and Shamisen Workshops

Kyle Abbott and Eien Hunter-Ishikawa of Tataki Taiko and Shamisen Workshops

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2:30 PM14:30

Natto Demo at Portland Mochitsuki 2018

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Eien will talk about natto, the fascinating, delicious, and nutritious fermented soybeans from Japan. The demo will include samples of fresh natto and offer ideas for traditional and non-traditional preparations.

Learn more about Eien's natto

More info:

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6:00 PM18:00

Concert with Enso Daiko in St. Paul, MN

October 17th 7PM (6PM Drinks)
Featuring: Ensō Daiko with special guest: Eien Hunter-Ishikawa (Portland, OR)
North Garden Theater: 929 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102
Reservations recommended (free general admission)
Tickets here


Taiko Tuesday is a FREE monthly concert series featuring the best of local and national taiko talent. Each concert will be unique and be hosted at various venues throughout St. Paul. Best of all, it is FREE! Bring your friends and family and make Taiko Tuesday your monthly concert night out!

More info

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to Oct 15

Public Workshops for Taiko Arts Midwest


Workshops and Private Lessons
2700 NE Winter Street
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(Please use “2850 Winter Street NE” for online map searches.)

More info here


Saturday, October 14th, 1:00-2:30PM
$40 member/$50 non-member
A Modern Approach to Ji Playing
This workshop is about playing the ji, or underlying groove.  Topics include: useful patterns, time awareness, accompaniment, balance, interaction, sensitivity, and groove.  Discussion and exercises will cover new ideas for practicing and thinking about ji playing.

Sunday, October 15th, 2:00-3:30PM
$40 member/$50 non-member
Edo Kotobuki Jishi
Commonly translated as "lion dance," the shishi mai of Edo (the old name for Tokyo) consists of one person as the shishi and three accompanying musicians playing taiko, atarigane, and shinobue.  Shishi mai performances are thought to bring good fortune and can often be seen at celebratory occasions.  The version taught will be in the style of Wakayama Shachu.

Sunday, October 15th, 3:30-5:00PM
$40 member/$50 non-member
Atarigane Playing
This workshop will cover some effective techniques for playing the atarigane (hand-held gong).  Topics include: exploration of various sounds, grooves, vocalizing patterns, notation, traditional rhythms, and new applications.  Participants are welcome to bring their own, but practice kane will be provided for use during the workshop.

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to Aug 16

Summer Taiko Institute: Kyosuke Suzuki sensei

Summer Taiko Institute with Kyosuke Suzuki sensei

Edo Kotobuki Jishi (shishimai - lion dance)
San Diego, CA
August 14 - 16, 2017

Edo Kotobuki Jishi is the traditional lion dance of Tokyo. It will be taught in the style of Wakayama Shachu, one of the premier ensembles in Japan for Edo Bayashi, shishimai, and Edo Sato Kagura.

More information and registration here:

More information about Suzuki sensei:

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5:00 PM17:00

Concert - Zenshin Daiko & On Ensemble

Zenshin Daiko's 18th Annual Taiko Festival Concert
Castle Theater

Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 - 7:00 PM

With special guests, On Ensemble, from Los Angeles

Tickets: $20/Adults; $10/Children 12 & under (plus applicable fees)
Tickets on sale: Wednesday, May 3

More info:

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On Ensemble

Zenshin Daiko’s 18th annual taiko festival concert will start with the 50 members of this impressive Maui group performing some of their favorite pieces and premiering new works written by its members.

Since forming in 1999, Zenshin Daiko has performed in over 900 cultural and community events all over Hawaii and in California, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Texas, Nevada, and Japan.

The second half of the evening will feature On Ensemble from Los Angeles. Established in 2002, On Ensemble is one of the most respected ensembles in the taiko (Japanese drumming) world. Led by childhood friends, Shoji Kameda and Masato (Maz) Baba, On Ensemble is recognized for infusing the powerful rhythms of taiko with a wide range of musical influences from jazz and rock to central Asian overtone singing.

Their fearless musical exploration has expanded the artistic range of the taiko and has taken these ancient instruments into new realms. For more information visit http://onensemble.org/about/.

Zenshin Daiko’s taiko festival is a highlight of Maui’s annual June events and not to be missed!

Tickets: $20/Adults; $10/Children 12 & under (plus applicable fees)
Tickets on sale: Wednesday, May 3

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10:00 AM10:00

Solo Creation Workshop at Asano Taiko US

Workshop: Solo Creation for Taiko
Asano Taiko US (Torrance, CA)
June 4, 2017, 10am - 12:30pm

More info here:

This workshop will focus on creating solos on taiko. It is designed to help boost confidence by providing effective tools for any soloing scenario. The class will be divided into two parts: 1) working through improvisation exercises and 2) looking at ways to arrange predetermined material. By expanding our range of rhythms, sounds, and dynamics, we will strive to create solos which highlight individual expression. There will also be exercises to help ji players become better accompanists by listening, being flexible, and increasing tempo control. All experience levels are welcomed to participate.

Contact Eien with any questions.

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1:00 PM13:00

Atarigane Playing Workshop

 Atarigane Playing Workshop

Atarigane Playing Workshop

Atarigane Playing Workshop
Makoto Taiko Studio in Pasadena, CA
Sunday, May 7th
1:00 - 3:30pm

Contact Eien to sign up and get more information.

Atarigane Playing
This workshop will cover some effective techniques for playing the atarigane (hand-held gong).  Topics include: exploration of various sounds, grooves, vocalizing patterns, notation, traditional rhythms, and new applications.  Participants are welcome to bring their own, but practice kane will be provided for use during the workshop.

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to Feb 2

Postponed - Tataki: Taiko & Shamisen Workshop Series

March 4-5, 2017
San Jose, CA

Register here:

The Taiko drum and three-stringed shamisen may seem like two completely different instruments, yet both instruments share what is called “tataki”. Though “tataki” simply means “striking”, the deep-rooted fundamentals of tataki is what connects both instruments together. This connection is why many taiko players are able to pick up shamisen with great ease, and vice-versa. 

Taiko extraordinaire Eien Hunter-Ishikawa and shamisen master-dabbler Kyle Abbott are teaming up in California to bring you a taiko and shamisen experience like no other!

Kyle Abbott website

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8:00 PM20:00

On Ensemble Concert in Los Angeles

Taiko Heroes 3 - Featuring On Ensemble, Kaoru Watanabe, Yuta Sumiyoshi

A time to reflect on the year with current favorites and bring in the new year with new work, Taiko Heroes is returning on December 3rd, 2016 at Live Arts Los Angeles!  This year, On Ensemble is featuring our good friend, Kaoru Watanabe from New York to present new material from his album Néo.  He will be joined by Yuta Sumiyoshi, one of the young featured stars of the iconic Taiko Performing Arts Ensemble Kodo and Fumi Tanakadate, a multifaceted musician based in New York City.

Tickets and More Info here

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On Ensemble at ShastaYama
6:00 PM18:00

On Ensemble at ShastaYama

Saturday, July 30 @ 6 pm, Gate Opens @ 5 pm
Shastice Park - Mount Shasta, CA
800 Rockfellow Drive (Rockfellow & Adams Drive)

Featuring: Leading taiko innovators

ON ENSEMBLE Los Angeles based On Ensemble infuses taiko with a wide range of musical influences weaving taiko, ukulele, vibraphone, modern drum set, and winds.
SUMIE KANEKO Joining On Ensemble will be special guest Japanese koto and shamisen virtuoso and singer Sumie Kaneko.
UNIT SOUZOU Michelle Fujii and Toru Watanabe of Portland, Oregon's Unit Souzou are well known for their dynamic fusion of taiko and Japanese folk dance.
TADAIMA (now, at present; I am here! / I am home!) Russel Baba and Jeanne Mercer continue to pioneer new directions for music combining taiko, winds, and bass in the jazz improvisational tradition.
GARY FITZGERALD and MASATO BABA Joining Tadaima will be Los Angeles bassist Gary Fitzgerald and taiko artist Masato Baba.
SHASTA TAIKO Mount Shasta's Shasta Taiko will share the stage with these outstanding guest artists in a celebration of taiko, dance, and music.
ISAKU KAGEYAMA, JOE SMALL, BRUCE GHENT, YEEMAN MUI, and HEIDI CHAN - Special guest taiko artists will perform a special piece for ShastaYama and also will be featured in Shasta Taiko's set.

Advance Sale: $25 Adult / $13 Youth (6-17) 
Gate Price: $30 Adult / $15 Youth (6-17) 
FREE: children 5 years & under

ShastaYama Website

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