Asian and Australian Taiko Groups

This is a listing of all the Asian and Australian Taiko groups that I have heard of. I have put up whatever infomation I possess, no matter how incomplete or sketchy. So some listings will have contact information, but some will only be a name depending on what I know about them. If you can add something, or fill in some of the holes in my info, please contact Dave at wateya@taiko.com.

All biographical or historical information given along with a group listing has been submitted by the group itself. Editorial comments by Rolling Thunder are enclosed in [brackets].


Ataru Taru Taiko
PO Box 303
Goodwood, SA 5034
Australia

Ataru Taru Taiko was the first taiko group founded in Australia. Created in 1995, Ataru Taru Taiko is an authentic traditional Japanese drumming and folk theater group. The group was founded by Harold Gent who came to Adelaide after eleven years of training and performance with Katari Taiko of Vancouver, Canada, and Paulene Thomas, who had recently returned from three years in Japan training at the Kyoto Taiko Center and with Shachi Taiko of Himeji, Japan. The groups has several programs especially for children, and there are also a variety of other shows available which have been presented at numerous government, corporate, local council and sporting events plus festivals, theatrical shows and television promotions.

Bacchi Atari
Brisbane, Australia

[Led by Motoyuki Niwa]

Kampong Chai Chee Community Centre Daiko
200 Bedok North Avenue 1
SINGAPORE 469752
Tel: (65) 62419878
Fax: (65) 64485241
Email: kccdaiko@hotmail.com OR daiko@ekampong.com.sg
Contact: Ms. Sue Kwek PBM

The Kampong Chai Chee Community Centre Management Committee set up the Kampong Chai Chee CC Daiko, the Japanese drum (taiko) group, in December 1997. ╩It was the first of its kind to be set up at a community centre in Singapore . ╩╩Over the years, the group has done over 70 performances both locally and overseas. ╩These included major national events such as the National Day Parade 2000, Carnival At The Bay, Chingay Parade in the year 2001 and 2003, Singapore Arts Festival 1998 & 1999. ╩They drew overwhelming applause during their overseas performances at Club Med Cherating in Kuantan 2002 and another performance in Yokohama, Japan in the year 2003.

These dedicated drummers have also been trained in Japan under Sensei Hatsumi Ishikura of Kantou Abaredaiko. ╩Exchange programmes were held with overseas daiko groups and friends. In March 2007, the drummers embarked on another trip to Japan to train intensively under Mr. Hiroyuki Hayashida. ╩A brief training session was held with Japanese Folk Entertainment Performance Company, Araumaza Taiko, which widens the drummers experience of playing drums with the accompaniment of flute, percussions and singing. ╩╩Kampong Chai Chee CC Daiko aims to promote traditional and contemporary styles of Japanese drumming. ╩The group also seeks to explore new musical dimensions such as incorporating other culturally unique musical forms, composing and creating their own music. ╩Come and enjoy the vibrancy of TAIKO!! ╩Discover how you can keep yourself physically and mentally active; and de-stress the fun way.

Training classes are held every Wednesday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at the Kampong Chai Chee Community Centre.

Kaze Noko
Perth, Western Australia
Tel: (08) 92737300
http://www.kazenoko.com.au

Kin no Taiko
c/o Flinders Street School of Music
279 Flinders St
Adelaide, SA 5000
Australia
Tel +61-8-8223-4138
Fax +61-8-8232-0459

Kin no Taiko is the Taiko element of the percussion ensemble of the School of Music, "Stix 'n' Tones", which also incorporates steel drums and a variety of other percussion ensemble genres. Kin no Taiko rehearses at the School of Music and holds workshops on the making of Taiko. The group has performed at the International Barossa Music Festival, SA Tourism Awards, Helpmann Academy Festival, Vintage Wine Festivals, as well as many other community and sporting events such as Super League Football games. A founding member of the group, Aleks Pusz has performed as an Associate Artist with Joji Hirota at Womadelaide 1997.

Kumpulan Rebana Sri Resak
Kolej Tun Dr. Ismail
University ofTechnology, Malaysia
81310, Skudai,Johor Darul Ta'zim, Malaysia
Contact: Mohd Seth Yaacob
Tel: 607-5503459 (home)
Email: seth@mail.fsksm.utm.my

Kumpulan Rebana Sri Resak are an amateur group consisting the university students and staff. Their performance emphasizes the usage of traditional Malay drums (the rebana) and Chinese drums. After witnessing a performance by a Japanese Taiko Group in Japan last year, they started to have a deep interest in the Japanese Taiko. Currently the group is practising simple Japanese Taiko rhythms. They are hoping to make friends with other taiko groups around the world and are keen to receive and learn new ideas in the art of traditional drumming, especially the Japanese Taiko.

Murasaki Taiko
Melborne, Australia
Contact: Toshinori Sakamoto
JAPEP
Suite 7, 10 Hoddle Street
Abbotsford VIC 3067
Australia
Tel: +61 3 9415 1588
Fax: +61 3 9415 1590
Email: japep@pc-oznet.com.au

[Trained by Toshinori Sakamoto who also teaches at the JAPEP Wadaiko School.]

Singapore Polytechnic Japanese Daiko Drum Team
Tel: (65) 8444825
Mail to: The President, Singapore Polytechnic Japanese Daiko Drum Team
500 Dover Road
Singapore 139651
Email: sp_daiko@hotmail.com
http://www.spdaiko.cjb.net

Synergy
Sydney, Australia

[Group led by Ian Cleworth. Plays Taiko influenced by Amano Sen, who also is a guest performer on their CD.]

Taikoz
Austrialia
http://www.taikoz.com

Tasmania University Union Taiko Society
Email: info@taikodrum.com
http://www.taikodrum.com

The Tasmania University Union Taiko Society was formed in 2002 to create the opportunity to train, perform and teach the Japanese Art of the Drum. The group's artistic director is Simon Vanyai, who studied taiko in Japan from 1999. The dynamic performance group, named 'Taiko Drum' (Doramu - 'tiger dream', in reference to the Tasmanian tiger), has a busy local performance schedule which includes Tasmanian schools, festivals, concerts, and private and corporate functions. Members build most of their taiko, which they continually upgrade and improve.

New trainees are always welcome at their Hobart Showgrounds dojo.

Wadaiko Rindo
Classes held at: St Phillips Anglican Church
144 - 148 Hoddle Street, Abbotsford VIC
Contact email: toshijun@netspace.net.au
http://www.wadaikorindo.com

Wadaiko Rindo, based in Melbourne Australia, is renowned for energetic and dynamic drumming performances. The group is led by Toshi Sakamoto, who also runs classes ranging from beginners to advanced, and also children and family classes.

WaiTaiko
East Asian Studies Department
University of Waikato
Private Bag 3105
Hamilton, New Zealand
Contact person: Athena Chambers
Tel: (07) 838 4042
email: athena@waikato.ac.nz -or- mishale@excite.com

Lianne and Michelle learnt taiko at Kyoto Tachibana Girls' High when they went on a one year exchange there. They loved it so much they wanted to have a group in New Zealand so that they could play taiko as much as possible. They 'wine barrel' taiko which were kindly made by Liannes father. They are affiliated with the East Asian Studies department of the University and are becoming popular in Hamilton with performances both at the University and at various events in the city. They would love to hear from anyone. They play mostly traditional songs at the moment, including Taiko Bayashi, Buchiawase, Ujigawadaiko, Kakaribi, Miyake Kiyari, Seiryunoboriuchi, Yataibayashi