Moving to the beat of our own drums
The members of Kita no Taiko came from a variety of backgrounds, but we all have something in common….a love for our art!
Frustrated with playing tires, the group dedicated 6 months to building a few crude drums using a feta cheese barrel, a wine barrel and plastic sewer pipe. We were pleased with having the beginnings of a real Japanese drum troupe. As well, we constructed drum stands and costumes, and added a few more pieces to our repertoire. Our goal was to debut at Heritage Festival, an annual event in Edmonton.
We were very nervous the day of our first performance, and were surprised that we were so well received. From there, our performances increased and spread to other cities. We have been honoured to play at festivals in Edmonton like the Fringe, K-Days, Heritage Festival and First Night, and at venues like the Jubilee, Winspear and Citadel theatres. We have done collaborative performances with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Citie Ballet, Shumka Ukranian Dance, Firefly Theatre and many others. In 1998 we participated in an international award winning film project by Mieko Ouchi called “By This Parting.” We have been thankful to have the opportunity to travel to Japan twice as a group and study with masters there, and to attend conferences such as the North American Taiko Conference where we learn from a range of teachers from around the world.
We had no idea what the results of our efforts would be when we started back in 1986. Today we are as excited about what has happened so far as we are for the future of Kita No Taiko.
Thinking about joining taiko?
Every Kita no Taiko member started out just like you…liking what they see and wanting to try it out! All potential Kita no Taiko members must complete three levels of workshops, and then apprentice for a year. You can also take workshops without the intention of joining the group, they’re great to try out for fun!
To sign up for a workshop, email us at email@example.com to join our mailing list. You will then be informed when the next workshop is coming up.