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Contact: Rolf Hecking
Tel/Fax: +47 0651-15310
Akatora-Daiko is the Red Tiger taiko group of Trier. They started with 10 people, most of them students of the University of Trier. All members currently come from our Karate-Dojo of Trier university.
34 Scott Close
Tel/Fax: 0118 946 3317
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.shima.btinternet.co.uk/
The Wadaiko Club of Gyosei International College in the UK. Akatsuki Daiko is a 20-strong group of Japanese students living and studying in Reading, Berkshire. The first regularly performing taiko group in Britain, the group was was set up in 1993 by James Barrow, then a lecturer at the College, who has studied for over 4 years with Osamu Munkata, Head of the Hiroshima Taiko Hozonkai. With the support of Gyosei International College the group has developed a powerful repertoire of both ancient and modern rhythms. The new group leader and musical director is Yoshio Shimazaki, who has carried out extensive research on Taiko, including visiting North American taiko groups, and has also studied with KODO on Sado Island.
1231 KH Loosdrecht
tel: 31 (0) 35 - 582 83 26
fax: 31 (0) 35 - 582 89 86
Manager: Gijsbert Zwart
CIRCLE Percussion was founded in 1973 and was the first known non-Japanese, western percussion ensemble to play the Taiko-drums. We are in possession of the largest O-Daiko outside Japan, which was made by Asano Taiko in Japan. All our members are highly skilled musicians with a Master degree in music. Most of our Taiko drummers were trained by Kodo with whom we have toured with in Japan and Europe.
contact: Grete Moortgat, President of Araumi Daiko Taiko Organization email: email@example.com http://www.fenikstaiko.be
Haguruma Daiko Deutschland
3347059 Duisburg Germany
Contact Person: Peter "SU" Markus
Tel: +49 203 314176
Fax: +49 203 314176
Haguruma Daiko Deutschland was founded in 1997 by Peter "SU" Markus and Frank Dubberke. Both are students of the japanese Taiko-group "Wadaiko Haguruma". They were entrusted by their Japanese teacher to represent and to spread the special style of Haguruma Taiko drumming in Europe. The group "Haguruma Daiko Deutschland" conducts a Taiko-school in Duesseldorf/Germany to offer lessons and workshops in Taiko all over Europe. "Haguruma Daiko Deutschland" keeps their own live-group for stage performances.
Hanadon See Taiko Group Hanadon
Hibiki Daiko e.V. Taikoschule Chemnitz Reichsstraže 1a 09112 Chemnitz (Germany) http://www.hibiki-daiko.de
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Kagamidaiko was set up by Karen Zeidan when she moved from Tokyo to Nice in 2004. She continues to study with her sensei, Masaaki Kurumaya in Fukui ( www.1taiko.com), each year to continue to learn and takes her students to study with him directly as well. Karen also has the good fortune to be closely linked with Liz Walters - the founder of Tamashii School of Taiko located in London.(www.tamashiidaiko.com). The group also practices with a group in Italy called Kyoshindo .(www.kyoshindo.org) We all believe in following the Way of Taiko( TaikoDo).
If you are interested please feel free to contact Kagamidaiko. No experience is required.
Exeter, EX4 6YT
Tel/fax: (01392) 494486
Based in the south-west of England, and operating nationwide, Kagemusha Taiko is a non-profit arts and education organisation, dedicated to the development and nurturing of an English style of Taiko, while enhancing understanding between cultures through international artistic collaboration. Kagemusha Taiko is engaged in the following programs: Junior Taiko - Taiko classes for young people, and the development of a Junior Taiko Group; Community Outreach - Taiko workshops for schools, youth clubs, and other education or charitable organisations; Taikomotion - Taiko courses for adults, and the development of a community-based performing group; Brother Drum - exploration of the possibilities of cross-cultural fusions involving Taiko, creating and performing a new, Japanese and Anglo-Celtic music; Teambuilding Workshops - for business organisations and others.
PO Box 5124, Lanark, ML11 0WA
Tel/Fax: +44 (141) 644 4971
4147 Aesch BL
Duisburger Strase 60
40479 DPsseldorf, Germany
Contact: Josef Lang
Tel: +49 0211-4981079
Stockholm Taiko Club
[This group is now defunct. The following information is for historical purposes.] The first taiko group in Sweden, Stockholm Taiko Club, was founded in 1992. The group was taught by Iwakichi & Noriko Yamashita of Kyoto, Japan.
Associazione Culturale Taiko Do
Via Milazzo 22
00185 Rome, Italy
Tel: +39 6 4457249
Contact: Rita (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Taiko Do means The Way of the Drum: a path of inner search where body, mind and rhythm melt together in a single breath. It is a slow search, and each member of Taiko-do is an active part, bringing their own experience which spans different fields from music to dance to theatre. The relationship between sound and movement, rhythm and energy is thus the core of Taiko Do work. Starting from the Japanese drumming technique, Taiko Do seeks a new performance mode, joining different cultures and traditions. Taiko Do produces concerts and events, organizes classes, workshops and conferences. All events are open to anybody who would like to get in touch with cultures different from their own.
Taiko Group Hanadon
Egelantiersgracht 72-31015 RM
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Contact: Jeannette Van Steen
Tel: 0031 20 6236851
Fax: 0031 20 6236851
Contact: Mark Alcock
Taiko Meantime is a new Greenwich-based Taiko group. Its aims are to pool, develop and display the vast potential of those who have begun their study of Taiko in both Japan and the UK.
4147 Aesch BL
Tamashii School of Taiko
Sensei Liz Walters (email@example.com)
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
The Taikogroup "Tawamure Wadaiko" was born out of the enthousiasm of six taikoplayers in 2003. Herman Verrijcken (co -founder of Tawamure Wadaiko) organised several Taiko workshops in Merchtem as from 2001. The group is active around Brussels and has found a home in the "Pop and Rockschool NOISE GATE vzw" in Ternat. Tawamure Wadaiko organises regular workshops with the German Taiko veteran Peter Markus who founded "Haguruma Wadaiko" in Dusseldorf, open to all - Belgian and foreign - Taikoplayers. Member of the "Belgian Taiko Federation" http://www.taikofederatie.be/
Tentekko Taiko Gruppe
Contact: Monika Baumgartl Tel: 02150-5046
Tentekko Taiko Gruppe was first formed in 1989 as the 1st taiko group in Germany. Tentekko Taiko began performing in 1991. Sensei Monika Baumgartl began studying taiko in 1988 and has studied with many groups in both Japan and the USA.
Wadaiko Haguruma Deutschland
Contact: Perter "Su" Markus