Taiko Jam is the keynote concert for the biennial North American Taiko Conference. This year’s concert will be held in San Diego, CA at UCSD’s Mandeville Auditorium. Taiko Jam brings together world-class performing ensembles for an evening of powerful, expressive music. Taiko groups representing the full dynamic range of North America will be featured this year.
Taiko Jam will feature premiere performing ensembles from across North America and Japan. 2017 marks the 10th Taiko Jam concert held in conjunction with the North American Taiko Conference. Previous Taiko Jam performers include world renown groups such as San Jose Taiko, San Francisco Taiko Dojo, the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble, Sacramento Taiko Dan, and many more.
TAIKO JAM 2017
Venue: Mandeville Auditorium, UC San Diego
Saturday, August 12, 8:00 PM
Sunday, August 13, 2:30 PM
TICKETS: $25 All tickets are general admission. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to show start.
Taiko Jam/NATC Staff:
Roy Hirabayashi, NATC Line Producer
Terry Nguyen, NATC 2017 Coordinator
Elise Fujimoto, TCA Programming Consultant
Mark H Rooney, NATC Assistant Coordinator
Taiko is the Japanese word for drum. Although the drums have existed for thousands of years and are part of Japanese cultural and religious traditions, use of the drums in an ensemble setting emerged in the early 1950s. Osuwa Daiko, formed by jazz drummer Daihachi Oguchi in 1951, is generally considered to be the first ensemble taiko group. Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka introduced ensemble taiko to the United States in 1968 when he founded San Francisco Taiko Dojo. There are now hundreds of community, university, youth, and professional groups around the world. Taiko has also been used in performances by popular artists including Kanye West, Katy Perry, Alicia Keyes, Madonna, Fleetwood Mac, and Cirque du Soleil (Mystère).
ABOUT THE NORTH AMERICAN TAIKO CONFERENCE (NATC):
The North American Taiko Conference, a biennial event sponsored by the Taiko Community Alliance, will be held from August 10–13, 2017, at the University of California, San Diego. Started in 1997, the conference was founded with the mission of supporting the growth of taiko in North America. For two decades, it has attracted players of all levels from around the world with the opportunity to learn from the community’s leaders
ABOUT THE TAIKO COMMUNITY ALLIANCE (TCA):
The Taiko Community Alliance was formed in 2012 to help secure the future of the NATC and give the taiko community a path to greater responsibility and self-determination about its future. TCA’s leadership is made up of a group of recognized taiko leaders representing the geographic and artistic diversity of the community.