Saturday, August 10th, 7:30 PM
(Conference Attendees & Guests Only - SOLD OUT)

Sunday, August 11th, 2:00 PM
(Open to the Public)

Portland State University, College of the Arts, Lincoln Performance Hall

$25 General Admission

North American Taiko Conference.  This year’s concert will be held in Portland, Oregon at the Lincoln Performance Hall, the premier theater in the College of the Arts on the campus of Portland State University.  Taiko Jam brings together world-class performing ensembles for an afternoon of powerful, expressive music.


San Francisco Taiko Dojo (San Francisco, CA)

San Francisco Taiko Dojo was founded in 1968 by Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka, who is considered the father of modern taiko in North America. In the school’s history, over 15,000 men, women, and children from all walks of life have studied under Tanaka Sensei. These students have gone on to establish over 250 other taiko groups throughout the United States and Canada, and further around the world. Tanaka Sensei and San Francisco Taiko Dojo have collaborated with a number of renowned artists, including Art Blakey, Tito Puente, Tony Bennett, and Dave Brubeck. They have also been featured in the movie soundtracks for Apocalypse Now, The Right Stuff, Return of the Jedi and Rising Sun. San Francisco Taiko Dojo currently offers classes for students of all levels and ages in San Francisco’s Japan Town and in their South San Francisco Dojo.

Kinnara Taiko (Los Angeles, CA)

Kinnara Taiko is a Japanese American drumming ensemble based at Senshin Buddhist Temple in Los Angeles, California. They began playing taiko in 1969 when a few third-generation Japanese Americans gathered after an Obon festival and had an impromptu session on their odaiko, big drum.  Kinnara Taiko takes its name from the celestial musicians of Buddhism. As a Buddhist group, emphasis is placed on participation, self-awareness and discovering the joy in “just” playing.  Kinnara is based in the tradition of Japanese and Japanese American festival drumming, which blends traditional Japanese rhythms with American musical influences from rock to jazz to reflect the experience and lifestyles of its members. For 50 years, Kinnara has shared their distinct philosophy of Japanese American Buddhist Taiko with generosity and humility, spreading their contagious spirit of taiko joy.

Kenny Endo and Taiko Center of the Pacific (Honolulu, HI)

A leading persona in the music world, Kenny Endo is at the vanguard of the taiko genre, continuing to carve new territory in Japanese drumming. Originally trained as a jazz musician in the Asian American cultural renaissance of 1970s California, Endo began his taiko career first with L.A.’s groundbreaking Kinnara Taiko, then with the renowned San Francisco Taiko Dojo. A performer, composer, and teacher of taiko, he has received numerous awards and accolades, including recognition in Japan as the first foreigner to be honored with a natori, a stage name and master's license, in Japanese classical drumming. In 1994 Kenny and Chizuko Endo established the Taiko Center of the Pacific, a school of traditional and contemporary Japanese drumming to preserve traditional Japanese drumming and to create new music for taiko.

Chieko Kojima (Sado, Japan)

Chieko Kojima first encountered Japanese folk dance when she joined Sado no Kuni Ondekoza on Sado Island in 1976. In 1981 she was a founding member of Kodo and recognized in 2012 as a Kodo Distinguished Member. Chieko is a founding member of female song-and-dance trio Hanayui.  Initially recognized for her original dance contributions to Kodo's taiko-based performances, she has developed an active solo career with global impact, seeking new encounters and collaborations with artists and taiko groups within Japan and throughout the world. She has collaborated with taiko groups in Japan, North America, Europe and Australia and toured Europe as Cultural Envoy from Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs. This year TCA is honored to have Chieko as the 2019 Summer Intensive Instructor, teaching her distinctive Hana Hachijo style.


Lincoln Performance Hall

1620 SW Park Avenue
Portland OR 97201
Directions (from Google maps)

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Kyle 'Big K' Abbott - Bachido
Community of Cortez
Kato Taiko
Kishin Daiko
Kodo Arts Sphere America
Derek Oye
San Jose Taiko

Bronze Sponsors

Arashi Daiko, Montreal
Alysse Itatani
Kaminari Taiko/UpSynergy
Matt Ogawa
Oregon Buddhist Temple

Copper Sponsors

Mitchell Fukumoto
Grow Zen Culture Space
Shinobu Homma - Chibi Taiko
Franco Imperial & Wisa Uemura
In Appreciation of TCA
Jun Daiko
Sean Kobashigawa
Ron & Elaine Miyamura
Karen Patrick

Sano & Uyechi Family
Lika Seigel
Alex Sinclair
Taiko with Toni
TaikoArts Midwest (Enso Daiko & ensembleMA)
Karen Young
Krystal Young

Taiko Jam is sponsored and presented by the Taiko Community Alliance. This program is made possible in part by generous support of the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Special Thanks