TaikoSource is dedicated to the development of information resources about taiko performance, exploring the various mediums within which taiko drums are used. Beyond the contemporary taiko performance that has spread around the world (including the ensemble performance style often called “kumidaiko” or just “taiko”), you’ll also find information about matsuri-bayashi, hōgaku, and other historical usages of the drums.
We look to be the primary English-language resource about taiko performance, offering materials of interest to performers and audiences alike.
Have questions about TaikoSource? Contact us at “info @ taikosource.com” (remove the spaces and quotation marks).
About the TaikoSource staff:
Ben is an educator, scholar, and musician dedicated to fostering interest in world musics and cultures, particularly the music of Japan. As a founding member of Pittsburgh Taiko, Ben has led lecture/demonstrations and hands-on workshops across the Pittsburgh area, and from 2015 to 2016 assisted the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania in developing the TOMODACHI Ties Through Taiko cultural exchange program. As an ethnomusicologist, he has conducted research on taiko performance across the United States, Japan, and the United Kingdom. Currently, Ben is working on a book manuscript about the history of contemporary taiko performance in Japan and the United States, and is always creating new content for TaikoSource.
To learn more about Ben, visit his website at benpachter.com.
By day Wendy Jedlička, CPP, is a packaging designer and sustainable design and business educator, but in most other waking moments, she’s a taiko fanatic. Taking-up taiko as a hobby in her mid-thirties, Wendy has studied with today’s taiko leaders since 1997. As an older player, Wendy is always on the lookout for ways to: improve as a performer; work around physical limitations; and stay healthy for the long-haul. Wendy is a founding member of Taikollaborative, a Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN based community taiko group made-up of seasoned players from a variety of North American taiko groups. Taikollaborative performs taiko arrangements and collaborative worldbeat works, as well as nurturing the talents of modern composers — and comes together as a community through the love of rhythm and fun! https://www.facebook.com/TaikoCollaborative