Hi everyone. Up until now, the development of TaikoSource has been a volunteer effort with researchers, composers, and performers contributing materials to almost every section of the site in order to create a resource for the whole community to share. This includes the Matsuri Database, featuring videos and pictures of matsuri-bayashi – festival music – from across Japan. Much of this music has been integrated into the high-energy style of contemporary taiko performance played around the world today, so this is a great resource for anyone looking to find out more about not just where taiko came from, but also where they are going.
In order to keep moving forward and adding new resources, however, we need your help, and it’s for that reason that we’ve launched an IndieGoGo campaign to help support the addition of new content to the Matsuri Database. We’re hoping to raise $5000 for a documentation trip to Tokyo in May, during which time we’ll take videos and pictures of matsuri-bayashi performances during the Sanja Matsuri and the Kanda Matsuri, two of the largest festivals in Tokyo. The videos and pictures will then be added to new pages in the Database, so that we can share them with the community. The Kanda Matsuri is only held during odd-numbered years, so we won’t have another chance to document it until 2017, making this venture even more crucial. Plus, unlike many other sections of our website, the Matsuri Database is reliant upon on-site documentation, requiring trips like this one in order to gather new materials to share with everyone.
Please check out the Indiegogo campaign page for more information, including to learn about the perks available for contributing. Anything you’re willing to contribute would be greatly appreciated, and will help us continue adding great new content to this website.
Thanks for your help and your continued support!