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Korekara Taiko

About the Artist

Korekara Taiko is UNIT SOUZOU's taiko education program. Esteemed performers and instructors, Michelle Fujii and Toru Watanabe, have over 20 years of professional taiko experience.

Teaching Philosophy

Taiko builds community and brings people together. Through the unity of the beat, we can discover connections, lineages, and expressions.

"I am still vibrating!" -- Student, Portland
"Makes my spirit soar" -- Student, Portland

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Journey of Taiko: From Japan to the United States Less

This program shares the history and context of taiko in Japan and the United States through powerful drumming, sharing personal real-life stories, and engaging audience participatory exercises. Taiko as an instrument hails from the ancient history of Japan, and was considered a sacred sound within religious ceremonies to summon the spirits, festivals to express gratitude for prosperity, and agriculture to drive away harmful pests. What most people do not know is that the style of taiko most recognized today is actually a brand new expression created in the 1950’s Post-WWII in Japan, and traveled soon after to the United States in the 1960’s. Korekara Taiko will take students through a rhythmic journey weaving a narrative that will build cultural awareness on honoring lineage, while creating a new innovative expression for an evolving art form.

Travel Costs: For sites located more than 15 miles from downtown Portland, an additional mileage fee will be applied and is calculated using the IRS reimbursement rate.

Venue Requirements: Set-up time: 60 minutes. Strike time: 30 minutes. Break between performances: 15 minutes. Can perform anywhere indoors. Needs a 20' x 15' performance space. Students should be seated 8' from performance area with a 3' aisle in the middle. Needs: 2 microphones on stands & 1 electrical outlet (or 1 electrical outlet & ability to hook in Korekara Taiko's wireless microphones to school sound system).

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Keywords: Taiko, Drum, Japan, Asian-American, Japanese-American, Music, Dance, tradition, culture, lineage, rhythm, ethnic art form, cultural awareness, respect, movement, folk dance, multicultural, history
Single Price: $635
Pair Price: $865
Maximum Audience: 550
Family Arts Night Performance Less
Single Price: $670
Maximum Audience: 550