Taiko Source Highlights - June 2024

Welcome back - here's our June update!  Since Obon season is upon us, let's highlight a few related topics!

The Obon Music Project: Curated in 2020 when the COVID Pandemic shut down in-person Obon Festivals as a resource for temples and organizations who were pivoting to on-line festivals.  Thank you to the many generous artists that granted permission for their work to be featured in virtual Obon festivals.

"Taiko Voices": Commisioned by TCA in 2019, "Taiko Voices" brought together collaborators from pioneering taiko groups San Francisco Taiko Dojo, San Jose Taiko, and Kinnara Taiko to craft a composition inspired by our founders, and embodying the core values of each organization.  Read more about the project, and learn the beats and steps to "Taiko Voices".

What is Taiko Source?

NATC 2009 Opening Ceremony 

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Taiko Source, acquired by Taiko Community Alliance in 2022, is a digital space for the taiko community to share resources and make connections.  TaikoSource is dedicated to the development of information resources to empower the people and advance the art of taiko. Original creators of Taiko Source include Ben Patcher and Wendy Jedlička.

The mission of Taiko Community Alliance (TCA) is to empower the people and advance the art of taiko.  

Emergeng from the COVID-19 pandemic with a renewed focus to "Empower the people and advance the art of taiko", TCA revitalized the bi-annual North American Taiko Conference by implementing an annual "Conference series" which features smaller, geographically afiled NATC-Regionals which strives to increase the accesibility of the NATC experience.  

In addition to NATC and NATC-R, highlights of TCA's efforts include the annual Grant Program, "Congra-CHU-lations" recognition event, "Taiko-thon" community showcase, ongoing Leadership Program, and periodic web-based seminars and mixers.  

Behind the scenes, future plans are underway to directly expand the adminstrative and financial offerings to support taiko organizations small and large. Stay tuned for updates in the coming months!