Eat! Celebrate! Support! at the Portland Taiko Benefit Banquet

March 8, 2017

Join us for a hosted NW wine and beer reception followed by a delicious, eight-course, vegetarian-friendly Cantonese dinner. Enjoy an exciting program of taiko performances, mystery origami leis, live auction and paddle raise, honored guests, and special surprises! Help keep the sound of taiko beating strong in our community! 

Thursday, May 11 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Wong’s King Seafood Restaurant (8733 SE Division Street)

Get your tickets HERE

 

Wynn Kiyama

Youth Scholarship Program!

March 3, 2017

Portland Taiko is proud to announce a Youth Scholarship Program for its upcoming spring class session. Two scholarships will be awarded to students aged 8-18, covering all registration costs for the spring class (Beginning or Intermediate) running from April 26 to June 7, 2017. Previous taiko experience is recommended but not required. To apply, please write a short essay (350 to 500 words) that includes the following information:

  • Introduction (name, parent/guardian’s name, contact information, age, grade level, school),
  • Hobbies and activities (music, dance, sports, martial arts, etc.), and
  • Explain why you would like to play taiko with us.

Please email your essay as a Word or text file (doc, docx, rtf, or pdf) to info@portlandtaiko.org by 11:59 p.m. on April 1, 2017. Thank you in advance for your submission!

Wynn Kiyama

75th Anniversary of E.O. 9066

February 21, 2017

It was a busy and significant weekend for Portland Taiko, marking the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066. Some of us performed in Eugene at the Asian Celebration and some of us participated in the #NeverAgain vigil at the Japanese American Historical Plaza in Portland.

Pictures from Eugene (credit: Craig Barnhill) and KGW footage from Portland here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wynn Kiyama

Prelude Performance at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

February 6, 2017

Portland Taiko was honored to perform before the KODO concert on Wednesday, February 1 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Thanks to the Oregon Symphony, KODO, and to all of you for supporting taiko in Portland! As expected, the KODO concert was breathtaking! 

 

Thanks to Lisa Tamura for the photos!

Wynn Kiyama

Mochitsuki 2017

January 23, 2017

We’re excited to be co-sponsoring and performing at Mochitsuki on Sunday 1/29, the annual Japanese American New Year celebration in Portland! We’ll be sharing the stage with a fantastic lineup of performers including Oregon Koto Kai, Takohachi, Utsukikai, Sahomi Tachibana Dancers, storytellers Alton Takiyama-Chung and Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo, kendama champion Wyatt Bray, and the Slants! 

Watch for Portland Taiko and Utsukikai on KATU, Thursday morning 1/26, as we spread the word about Mochitsuki! 

This event is made possible by volunteers and we could still use your help. If you’d like to be a part of our generous volunteer community, please consider helping and you’ll receive free general admission: http://mochipdx.org/event-details/volunteer/

Wynn Kiyama

What an action-packed year!

November 3, 2016

In 2016, Portland Taiko moved its operations to the Oregon Buddhist Temple, designed new t-shirts, designed new costumes, designed a new website, commissioned drawings for the Portland Festival Yatai, recruited two trainees and three new performing members, recruited one new Board member, welcomed back three former members, reestablished the PT Benefit Banquet, offered taiko classes and workshops, collaborated with Multnomah County libraries, presented workshop-performances at elementary schools, and performed at Washington Park, Oregon Symphony Waterfront Concert, Hoyt Arboretum, Methow Arts Center, Laika, Portland Art Museum, Oregon Convention Center, Gerding Theater, the Davis Cup, and for Mochitsuki, Oya No Kai, Oregon Nikkei Endowment, Oregon Buddhist Temple, Asian Celebration, and other local organizations and events! 

As 2016 comes to a close, we ask that you consider a donation to help us drive our key 2017 initiatives:

  • Kodo at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall: intimate pre-concert performance by Portland Taiko (February)
  • Seattle mini tour: performances at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts and the Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival (April)
  • New collaborations: Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland Children’s Museum, Young Musicians & Artists, Grace Art Camp, Anjali Dance, Northwest Children’s Theater, and OMSI (May–August)
  • Portland Festival Yatai: the design and construction of a Japanese festival cart to represent PT in the Rose Festival Starlight Parade (June)
  • Taiko Together: a special concert featuring the four taiko groups in Portland: Portland Taiko, Takohachi, en Taiko, and Unit Souzou (September)
  • New assembly programs: development of new programs and repertoire for schools and workshops
  • Operations: expenses related to classes, workshops, and rehearsals (staffing, rent, utilities)

Your generosity will help PT meet these exciting objectives with full force at the top of the New Year. Please donate online or by check to Portland Taiko; 3728 SE 34th Avenue; Portland, OR 97202. Thank you for your kind support and here’s to an amazing 2017!!!

Chad Williams (Board President) and Wynn Kiyama (Executive Director)

Wynn Kiyama

Big Success for Sound in Motion!

October 21, 2016

Thanks for making our Sound in Motion concert a big success! TaikoProject put on an amazing show and collaborated with Portland Taiko on PT’s “TaikoKinesis” and TP’s “Here We Go Now!!” We had a great audience and an incredible group of volunteers helping with the show. Here are just a few photos, shot by Brian Sweeney, from the concert!  

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Toshiki, Matthew, and Karen in HA!
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Kelsey in Oyako Don Don
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Finale with TaikoProject
Wynn Kiyama

Concert day is almost here!

October 13, 2016
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Practicing for HA!

Our big fall concert with TaikoProject is this Sunday! We’ve been hard at work refining our pieces and planning out the logistics – like how to get the huge Shoji Odaiko out of its storage and to Catlin Gabel’s theater. Portland Taiko will be playing the first half of the show, and TaikoProject will play the second half. One of the especially fun parts of preparing for this concert is that PT will be joining TP for their last song, so we’ve been learning by video, and will put it all together on Saturday night.

At our show at Washington Park over the summer, we were able to bring back an old community-based composition, A Place Called Home. We’re presenting that piece again in this concert (again with the help of PT founder June Schumann!), and we’ve made a few changes to enhance how the story of the piece is told. For me as a long-time member of Portland Taiko, this piece represents one of the truly special things about PT – a piece composed by the group, based on interviews with community members, with real meaning behind it.

Please come out and see us on Sunday!

Karen Tingey

Our new website

September 29, 2016

We’ve updated the look and content of our site – take a look around! You can always find the latest news here on the front page – to see old posts, look under the “About” menu for the archives. You’ll see our upcoming public performances on the front page, too.

On August 7, we had a successful full-length concert at Washington Park, as part of Portland Parks & Recreation’s Summer Festival series. Highlights included a collaboration with Portland Lee’s Association Lion Dance team, the return of Rachel Ebora as a performer, and bringing back some old favorite pieces we haven’t played in a while, such as To Fly (composed by Ann Ishimaru for fue, violin, and taiko), Forest Festival (part of Kenny Endo’s piece Wind, Water, Wood), Kaza Guruma (composed by Ringtaro Tateishi for Portland Taiko), and A Place Called Home, one of our community-based compositions from 2001. 

We look forward to seeing you at our fall concert on October 16, where we’ll host internationally-acclaimed group TaikoProject!

Karen Tingey