Pittsburgh Taiko will head out to North Park Lake for a day of racing and fun at the Pittsburgh Dragon Boat Festival on Sunday, September 30. This free event features food, performances, crafts, and best of all, dragon boat races!
Pittsburgh Taiko will join CMU’s Japanese Student Association in their annual Matsuri event on Tuesday, April 10.
Pittsburgh Taiko is performing at 7 pm, but come early to enjoy Japanese food, games, and a full program of performers. The event runs 3:30-8:00 pm in Wiegand Gymnasium in the Cohon University Center at CMU.
Matsuri is a fundraiser for Minato school, which was destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.
Our next four-week class starts Saturday, March 31 at Winchester Thurston school in Shadyside.
This class is for anyone who wants to learn a new musical skill, needs a unique workout, or just wants to find out what it’s like to hit those big drums! It’s designed for adults and older teens (high school and up), and no previous musical experience is needed.
Register at the link on our workshops page. The page also has more information about what to wear and bring, and what to expect.
The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania is proud to present the Kenny Endo Ensemble Taiko concert at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild on Thursday, March 24th at 7PM. He is returning to Pittsburgh as a part of his 40th Anniversary Celebration tour and will be performing as an emsemble with Abe Lagrimas Jr (vibes, ukulele, drumset) and Sumie Kaneko (koto, shamisen, vocals).
Kenny Endo is a world famous taiko drum artist who has the honor of being the first non-Japanese national to receive the title of Natori (stage name and master’s degree) of Hogaku hayashi – traditional drumming. He has performed for Michael Jackson, Princess Di, opened for The Who, and was recorded in motion-capture suit for James Cameron’s “Avatar.”