Taiko: The Art of Japanese Drumming

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Event Category

Arts & DIY

Note: This is a multi-session event series. By purchasing the event package, you agree to sign up for all event dates included below.
Event Overview

Learn the basics of the art of taiko: Japanese drumming. More than just rhythm, taiko incorporates athestic power and physicality on this ancient instrument in a surprisingly modern art form. No experience is necessary, only an interest in rhythm, music, performance, and/or dance. We will teach you the rest. You will be amazed at what you can do!

Scheduled classes are below. Occasionally, performances or other things might necessitate us to cancel a class. Another class will be added on to make up. All classes are from 1:00 - 3:00 on Sundays starting January 6th. Wear clothes you can move easily in, like excercise clothes. Be prepared to move!

What You Can Expect
  • Fundamentals of striking the drum
  • Stage presence
  • A taiko piece you can play
  • Fun (and exercise!)
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St. Louis Osuwa Taiko studies, develops, promotes, performs and teaches taiko, the art of Japanese ensemble drumming. In doing so, the group helps preserve and contribute to the art while bringing enjoyment to the community and fostering an understanding between Japanese and American cultures.

We teach classes year round. Teachers include Andrew Thalheimer, who has over 15 years of taiko teaching experience, and a host of other well-qualified performing team members. We focus on getting the most power out of the instrument with the least effort, most aesthetic movements, and least chance of injury. We also focus on fun, teaching a new piece every semester.

The St. Louis Osuwa Taiko group has been around for over 30 years, making it one of the oldest taiko teams in the country, right here in St. Louis! Our performance group plays about 35 shows per year, including at the Missouri Botanical Gardens' Japanese Festival. Come join us!