New Interview: Brian Sole

We’re happy to release the latest in the TaikoSource Interview series! This time, Ben spoke with Brian Sole, director of Great Lakes Taiko Center and its performance group Raion Taiko. In our interview, we discuss Brian’s journey to Japan and back, and how taiko fit within this journey. We also talk about creating a taiko school and a taiko performance scene, and how one carves out a niche for oneself in a the cultural environment of a region.

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

Brian Sole


Recorded January 30, 2017. 37.5 MB, 56 minute mp3 file.

Brian Sole is the director of the Great Lakes Taiko Center and its performance ensemble Raion Taiko. In our interview, we discuss Brian’s journey to Japan and back, and how taiko fit within this journey. We also talk about creating a taiko school and a taiko performance scene, and how one carves out a niche for oneself in a the cultural environment of a region.

Yeeman Mui

Recorded September 20, 2016. 65 minute, 43 MB mp3 file.

From Yeeman Mui’s website:

Originally from Hong Kong, Yeeman moved to Honolulu in 2012 to study and teach traditional Japanese drumming at the Taiko Center of the Pacific. Mixing a combination of taiko and Orff education approach, it’s her dream to share the enjoyment of music to everyone of all ages and skill levels. Through activities such as body percussion, singing and dancing, she wants to help develop an individual’s sense of natural musicality. Outside of Hawaii and Hong Kong, Yeeman has also taught and performed in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Madrid, and recently conducted a series of teacher workshops in Macau.

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, including Taiko Tots, Taiko Together, and TaikOrff.

Taiko Tots is taught at the Taiko Center of the Pacific in Honolulu, HI. For more information, visit the class website.

Taiko Together is taught at the Los Angeles Taiko Institute in Torrance, CA. Visit Yeeman’s website or the Taiko Together Facebook page to learn more.

To learn more about the TaikOrff workshops for taiko and music teachers, visit the workshop website. The next workshop will be held in Washington, DC, December 17-18 2016. For more information, visit the workshop page.