Japan Arts Day: Denver Taiko


March 11, 2017


Free and Open to the Public




Restoration Church


411 South Walsh St. Casper, WY 82601




Partial funding is from Natrona County School District No. 1, the Schneider fund in the Wyoming Community Foundation – Casper, and the Wyoming Arts Council through the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wyoming State Legislature.

A performance by Denver Taiko is a dynamic and propulsive event, a combination of structured rhythms and improvisational solos that roll together like thunder to stir your soul.

Denver Tailko, founded in 1976, is a nonprofit organization comprised mostly of third, fourth and fifth generation Japanese Americans honoring our cultural heritage through the exhilarating performance art of taiko. Early inspiration for our founding members came through a visit to Denver by Sensei Seiichi Tanaka, the taiko master who brought this art form to the United States by way of San Francisco. He is considered to be the Father of Taiko in North America.

The workshop conducted by Sensei Tanaka in 1976 gave our founding members a deep appreciation for the history of the art and the fundamentals of its performance. These and later members have continued to expand their experiences in taiko over the years through participation in workshops and visits with sister groups in Japan and the U.S.

In keeping with the tradition of the music, Denver Taiko has become known for its own unique performance style and personality. We have become an important part of Colorado and the West's cultural landscape, playing at concerts, festivals and diversity celebrations throughout the region. The group was honored in 2001 by Denver's Mayor Wellington Webb when we received the Mayor's annual award for Excellence in the Arts.

In the summer of 2003, the Japanese Consulate sponsored a 3-week workshop for the group in Denver by the famous taiko master, Sensei Yoichi Watanabe, leader of the group Amanojaku out of Tokyo, Japan. He was assisted by his prize student and protege, Isaku Kageyama, himself a national taiko champion in Japan. The close, personal attention our members received from these brilliant artists and teachers instilled in the entire group an even deeper appreciation, knowledge and mastery of this craft.

Co-Sponsored by the Parkway Plaza. Partial funding is from Natrona County School District No. 1 and the Schneider Fund in Wyoming Community Foundation – Casper.

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