Taiko is often showcased at matsuri, or festivals, held during special seasons in Asian American communities. In fact, the growth of the art form owes much to the visibility that taiko groups have enjoyed at these celebrations. San Jose Taiko gladly participates in these local events, as well as at multicultural and music/dance festivals, state fairs, and city celebrations throughout the country.
Full Concerts and Home Season Concert
San Jose Taiko showcases their rich repertoire in a 90-minute concert set with creative staging and lighting design. Concert venues vary in size from small stages to large theaters at schools, colleges, universities, and performing arts centers. A major annual event for San Jose Taiko is our home season concert, an extended series that provides an opportunity to premiere new compositions, try new programming concepts, debut new performing members, and share special time with our dedicated and supportive local audience.
Tours and Residencies
Touring generally takes San Jose Taiko on the road for three to five weeks during the Spring and again during the Fall. Bookings are contracted through our agent, Holden & Arts Associates, Inc. and are in various regions of the United States as well as abroad. While on tour, the company performs concerts and conducts residencies, which last from three to seven days and include a combination of full concerts, school programs, and master classes.
San Jose Taiko offers dynamic performances that add excitement to any corporate event. Recent clients include Google, Hewlett Packard, Gap, Cisco, Apple, Sony, American Airlines, Japan Airlines, Disneyland Hotel, FedEx, Applied Materials, Las Vegas Mirage Hotel, IBM, the San Francisco Giants, and the Golden State Warriors.
To increase artistic strength, share in a variety of creative processes, create a diverse network of fellow performing artists, and reach new audiences, San Jose Taiko frequently participates in collaborations that cut across artistic disciplines. Working with an open mind and open heart, San Jose Taiko strives to expand, extend, and enhance the boundaries of kumidaiko. Past Collaborations have included work with:
- the Bangerz
- George Coates Performance Works
- American Conservatory Theatre
- San Jose Repertory Theatre
- Brenda Wong Aoki
- Margaret Wingrove Dance Company
- Abhinaya Dance Company
- Keith Terry and Crosspulse
- Anthony Brown
- Jon Jang
- Mark Izu
- Eitetsu Hayashi
- Kenny Endo
- Russel Baba
- Jeanne Mercer
- Marco Lienhard