New Taiko Music History Article: “Taiko in a Recorded Medium: Ondekoza and Kodo”

After much work and research, we’re proud to present to you the next article in the TaikoSource Music History series: “Taiko in a Recorded Medium: Ondekoza and Kodo.” Rather than focusing on a single piece, as we have done to this point, this article explores the recordings created by Ondekoza and Kodo in the late 1970s and early 1980s. These recordings reveal how the groups were evolving, exploring more musical and artistic directions.

Unfortunately, these recordings are long out of print, but copies can still be found on record sales websites like Discogs. Nevertheless, we hope this article offers a glimpse into what Ondekoza and Kodo were striving to accomplish as they explored the presentation of taiko performance in a recorded medium!

New Interview: Chiara Codetta Raiteri

We’re happy to announce the next in our interview series!

This time, Ben sat down with Chiara Codetta Raiteri. Chiara is a researcher, percussionist, and educator interested in the construction of identity processes. Currently she is working on her thesis at the University of Milan, where she is writing about taiko.

Visit the interview page to listen to the interview or download the mp3!

New Interview: Angela Ahlgren

We’ve just posted a new Interview to the website!

Click on this link to visit the page for Ben’s interview with Angela Ahlgren, Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at Bowling Green State University. Angie is both a taiko performer and a taiko scholar, and over the course of our conversation we talk about how both realms have intersected with each other.

Bibliography Updated

We’ve added new sources to the TaikoSource Bibliography!

Academic Dissertations and Theses

Carter, Carrie Alita. 2013. “Inventing Taiko.” Master of Philosophy Thesis, The University of Hong Kong.

Small, Joe. 2014. “Expressions and Negotiations of Japanese Masculinity via Odaiko Solo Drumming.” MFA MFA Research Paper WAC 495, University of California Los Angeles.

Taylor, Katharine. 2014. “Taiko Drumming and its Effects: How Taiko Affects Participants and Audiences.”Dissertation, Department of Music, University of Birmingham.

Conference Papers

Ahlgren, Angela. 2013. “Negotiating (Post?) Orientalism: White Women and North American Taiko.” Society for Ethnomusicology 58th Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana.

If you know of a source not included in the Bibliography, e-mail us at info (at) and we’ll be sure to add it!

New Interview: Kate Walker

We’re happy to announce the next in the TaikoSource Interview series, and the first in a number of interviews with taiko scholars. Today, we present our interview with Kate Walker, a PhD Student in the Department of Music at the University of Sheffield and a member of Tsuchigumo Daiko from Glasgow, Scotland. In this interview, we discuss Kate’s past and present as both taiko performer and taiko scholar. We talked about her first meeting with taiko, how it led to her interest not just as a performer but also as an academic, and her current research.

Visit the interview page to stream it or download the mp3 file!

New Interview: Yeeman Mui

As we move into Fall, We’re happy to announce the return of the TaikoSource Interview Series!

We begin with an interview with Yeeman Mui, performing member and teacher at the Taiko Center of the Pacific who helped develop the Taiko Tots, Taiko Together, and TaikOff programs! In this interview, we discuss Yeeman’s education and performance background, how she got into both taiko and early childhood music education, and her current projects.

Visit the interview page to listen to our conversation, either by streaming or by downloading the mp3 file!

New Interview: Micah Wilhelm

We’re happy to announce the release of another TaikoSource interview! This time, I spoke with Micah Wilhelm of Taiko Zürich – ツリ太鼓 and Taiko Spirit 2016 – Japanese Drumming Festival in Emmental. Beyond discussing these ventures, we talked about MIcah’s performance history, the challenges of starting a taiko group, and playing taiko in Europe.

Visit the page to stream the interview or download the mp3!

New Interview with Bruce Mui Ghent

We’re happy to announce the release of the next TaikoSource Interview! This time, Ben sat down with Bruce Mui Ghent to talk about his performance history, how he combines dance & taiko, and his approach to production. We also discuss the Taiko Trek 2016 summer taiko camp happening this July!

Visit the page to listen to the interview or download the mp3!

End of April Update

Somehow, we’re at the end of April! How time flies.

A few updates as we look towards May:

  1. Wendy has added a new song to the Song Database! Check on the page for Michinoku, composed by Mitsuki Sato and available for purchase online via the Taiko Center of Kyoto’s Online Store.
  2. A number of groups from around the world – Greece, Spain, Switzerland, and the US – have been added to the Group Map Database!

Looking forward, we have a new interview to be posted soon, as well as the return of the Music History article series! Thanks as always for your support, and stay tuned!