Recorded November 16, 2016. 42.1 MB, 63 minute mp3 file.
Michael is a taiko scholar and the creator of the international Wadaiko Toshokan and the German-language BiblioTaiko portals. He earned his M.A. in Transcultural Studies at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg in Germany. In his M.A. thesis, he explored and documented the gradual development and adoption of taiko drumming in Germany throughout the past three decades – a topic that he is currently looking to make into a book.
During our interview, we discuss his background, the history of taiko in Germany, and how he proceeded with the study of German taiko performance even as the majority of studies on the art form – and thus the primary sources from which he could draw – have been geographically limited to Japan and North America.