Findley Elementary School
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Lincoln High School, Lunar New Year
Friday, February 7, 2019
THANK YOU for coming to our fall concert, STICKS AND STRINGS at Lincoln Performance Hall. It was a thrilling evening with inspiring performances from Fear No Music, en Taiko, and Kenji Bunch. We’ll share photos soon and thank you again for your support!
Sunday, January 27, 2019
PSU Viking Pavilion at the Peter Stott Center
930 SW Hall Street
We’re excited to perform at the brand-new venue, the Viking Pavilion, at the Peter Stott Center! Come enjoy the same format of food vendors, cultural demonstrations, community organizations, and a full performance lineup at the new location in the Year of the Boar!
White Salmon Valley Assembly
Tuesday, November 9, 2018
White Salmon, Washington
Warner Pacific University
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
2219 SE 68th Avenue
Online ticket sales have ended, but we still have tickets available at the door! We’ll start selling tickets at Lincoln Hall at 6:00 p.m. and we hope to see you there!!!
Nike Mindset Summit
Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 8:50 a.m.
Nike, Tiger Woods Center, Stanford Theatre
One Bowerman Drive
No No Boy
Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Oregon Buddhist Temple
3720 SE 34th Avenue
The night before our fall concert, we will collaborate with the songwriting and activist team of No No Boy for their opening number. Tickets are $10 with part of the proceeds benefiting the Oregon Buddhist Temple!
STICKS AND STRINGS
Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Lincoln Performance Hall
1620 SW Park Avenue
Tickets are now available for our fall concert highlighting Portland Taiko’s melodic repertoire for taiko, flute, and violin. The concert will feature guest musicians from the new music ensemble Fear No Music, youth taiko group en Taiko, and the premiere of Dango Jiru, a commissioned work for taiko, flute, violin, and cello composed by Kenji Bunch, Artistic Director of Fear No Music. Purchase your tickets here!
Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
Oaks Park, south end
7805 SE Oaks Park Way
Picnic begins at 12:00 p.m.
Portland Japanese Garden 55th Anniversary
Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Portland Japanese Garden
611 SW Kingston Avenue
Members-only celebration from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Oregon Buddhist Temple
Saturday, August 4, 2018, 3:00 to 9:00 p.m.
3720 SE 34th Ave.
Sunday, July 22, 1:30 p.m.
Camas Meadows Golf Club
Celebration of Life for Bill Bulick
Reed Performing Arts Building
Saturday, August 4, 2018, 2:00 p.m.
28th and Botsford Drive (west end of campus)
City of Hillsboro, Beats & Eats
Friday, August 3, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.
Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza
123 E. Main St.
Oregon City Library, Family Concert Series
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
606 John Adams St.
Oregon City, Oregon
Tea Fest PDX
Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 9:45 a.m.
World Forestry Center
Alice Sumida’s Birthday Bash
Wednesday, July 18, 2:00 p.m.
Young Musicians and Artists
Tuesday, July 17, 7:30 p.m.
Recycled Arts Festival
Sunday, June 24, 10:30 a.m.
Esther Short Park
Soter Vineyards, Summer Solstice
Saturday, June 23
Lewis and Clark Reunion Weekend
Friday, June 22
Twality Middle School
Wednesday, June 13
Rose Festival Starlight Parade
Saturday, June 2, 9:00 p.m.
Downtown Portland from Burnside/9th to Lincoln High School
We’re thrilled to be relaunching our festival cart at this year’s Starlight Parade! Grab your beach chairs, find a spot along the parade route, and take part in this free, fun-filled Portland tradition!
Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton Street
Japan-America Society of Oregon
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Castaway, 1900 NW 18th Avenue
Lan Su Chinese Garden
Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
239 NW Everett Street
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 3:15 p.m.
PCC Cascade, Moriarty Stage
Clark College’s Sakura Matsuri
Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.
Clark College, Gaiser Hall
My first experience with taiko was a parent-child workshop led by Karen Tingey when I was 4.5 years old. After several years of classes, I performed with Tanuki Taiko and Portland Taiko at Mochitsuki in 2013. In addition to taiko and piano, I also enjoy playing soccer and curling.
I started playing taiko when I was 12, when my parents and I all signed up for a beginning taiko class with Shinsho Mugen Daiko. While at first it was just something fun to do with my parents, I soon found it provided a physical and mental challenge that school, and later working as a hardware engineer, could not. Taiko has been a great way for me to connect to new communities whenever I changed location; the shared experience of learning and performing together, combined with the powerful sound of the taiko, helped create connections that were otherwise difficult for me. I spent four years in Colorado Springs after college, playing with the newly formed Taiko Society, before moving to Portland in 2016. I started taking classes with Portland Taiko that year and became a trainee in 2017. I look forward to many new adventures with Portland Taiko!
We’re thrilled that Portland has been chosen to host the next North American Taiko Conference
in 2019! Approximately 450 taiko drummers from across the United States, Canada, Japan, and elsewhere will attend the conference at Portland State University from August 9-11, 2019. Portland Taiko is excited to work once again with Takohachi, en Taiko, Unit Souzou, PSU Taiko Ensemble, and the Catlin Gabel Taiko Group as the host committee, collectively known as the Taiko Community of Portland (TCOP). Stay tuned for more information!
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, a live auction and paddle raise, honored guests, and special surprises! Purchase your tickets here!
Friday, April 6, 2018
Wong’s King Seafood Restaurant
6:00-6:30 p.m. Hosted Wine & Beer
6:30-8:30 p.m. Dinner and Program
When Portland Taiko started it needed a structure to handle business aspects and became a project under the Oregon Nikkei Endowment organization (ONE). I was on the board of ONE (1992 – 2016) and agreed to also serve on the PT board (1994 – 2004). I knew little of taiko but was hooked with the first concert I attended – the enthusiasm, energy, talent, and smiles of pure joy were overwhelming, and it is a pleasure to return to the PT board in 2018. I am a retired primary school teacher and can hopefully bring some organizational and project experience to the board. My whole family, husband, two children and their spouses, and two grandchildren all enjoy taiko.
Asian New Year, Education for Chinese Orphans
Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
Lane Events Center
Portland Taiko’s winter classes are ready to start with our Taiko 101 workshop, Introduction to Odaiko and Shime, and Beyond Basics. We’re excited to get you all drumming soon!
Most of our classes are sold out, but there are spaces still available in our Introduction to Odaiko and Shime
from 5:00 to 6:05 p.m. on Wednesdays. In the spring, we’ll be offering Taiko 101 (4/18), Power Taiko: HA! (4/25 to 6/6), and Beyond Basics (4/25 to 6/6). Registration will be open later this month!
It’s a new year, which means Portland’s Mochitsuki is right around the corner! PORTLAND TAIKO will be performing in PSU’s Smith Ballroom on Sunday, January 28 at 1:30 p.m. We’ll share the stage with a great lineup of performers and hope to see you there!
And if you are volunteer-minded, please consider joining the Mochitsuki volunteer team! Free admission to the event for all volunteers! For more information and to register, please visit: https://mochipdx.ivolunteer.com/2018
We’re thrilled to announce our next round of taiko classes beginning on Thursday, February 1 with our two-hour TAIKO 101 WORKSHOP
and continuing with our new INTRODUCTION TO ODAIKO AND SHIME
classes from Wednesday, February 7 to March 21. For our more experienced students, BEYOND BASICS
will provide an opportunity to strengthen your skills, build on repertoire learned in previous classes, and concentrate on form, timing, and ensemble playing. We hope to get you drumming in the new year!
Bonenkai (End-of-Year Party)
Friday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
Smith Memorial Student Union, PSU Campus at 1825 SW Broadway
Thank you so much for helping us sell out our fall concert, TAIKO TOGETHER, featuring the four Portland-based taiko groups: Portland Taiko, Takohachi, en Taiko, and Unit Souzou. Special thanks to Carlos and Stacie Tokunaga who made it possible to commission a new work from Kristy Oshiro for our all-group finale! Here are some quick shots of the finale from photographer Brian Sweeney!
Sunday, October 29, 4:00 p.m.
Oregon Convention Center at 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
NW Public Employee Diversity Conference
Tuesday, October 24, 8:00 a.m.
Oregon Convention Center at 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Oregon Symphony, Sounds of Home, “American Voices”
Friday, October 13, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Wieden+Kennedy Atrium at 224 NW 13th Avenue
Portland Taiko is excited to team with the Oregon Symphony in their “Sounds of Home” program exploring Portland’s relationship with immigration and the influence of the immigrant experience on local arts and culture. We can’t wait to share the stage with Milagro, Edna Vazquez, Oregon Catholic Charities, and OR Symphony musicians and staff.
Saturday, September 30, 7:00 p.m.
PCC Sylvania, Performing Art Center at 12000 Southwest 49th Avenue
Portland Taiko is pleased to present TAIKO TOGETHER
featuring four Portland-based taiko groups together on one stage! Portland Taiko
, En Taiko
, and Unit Souzou
will join together on Saturday, September 30 at PCC Sylvania, The Performing Arts Center for a rousing evening of group performances, special collaborations between the ensembles, and a commissioned finale for all four groups, written by former Portland Taiko performer Kristy Oshiro. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see and hear our city’s finest taiko groups in one setting! For wheelchair-accessible seats and general inquiries, please contact Portland Taiko at (503) 288-2456 or email@example.com.
Oregon Symphony Opening Night, Prelude
Saturday, September 16, 6:45 p.m.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Lobby
Portland Taiko opens Opening Night for the OR Symphony! We’re thrilled to perform in the lobby as guests enter for an evening featuring George Takei.
Portland Taiko is pleased to present TAIKO TOGETHER
featuring four Portland-based taiko groups together on one stage!
Portland Taiko, Takohachi, En Taiko, and Unit Souzou will join together on Saturday, September 30 at PCC Sylvania, The Performing Arts Center for a rousing evening of group performances, special collaborations between the ensembles, and a commissioned finale for all four groups, written by former Portland Taiko performer Kristy Oshiro. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see and hear our city’s finest taiko groups in one setting! Get your tickets here!
Supported by: Alice Sumida, Carlos and Stacie Tokunaga, and the Regional Arts and Culture Council. Photos by Brian Sweeney.
I have been a preschool teacher for 15 years and am a mother of two wonderful kids. Now that both children are away at college, I wanted to give back to my community and joined Portland Taiko’s Board of Directors in April of 2017. I first became involved with Portland Taiko seven years ago when my son, Toshiki, joined their taiko camp for a week. He fell in love with it and through hard work, eventually became a performing member. Being a member of the taiko community as a parent and now as a board member is an absolute joy and a wonderful learning experience.
OMSI Solar Eclipse Viewing Party [SOLD OUT]
Monday, August 21, 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Oregon State Fairgrounds
Oregon Nikkei Community Picnic
Sunday, August 20, 12:00 p.m.
Oaks Park at 7805 SE Oaks Park Way
Portland Taiko had a wonderful time performing at the Oregon Buddhist Temple’s Obon Festival on Saturday! It was great seeing so many members of our community eating, drinking, celebrating, and dancing together! Special thanks to our “Portland Festival Yatai” team who assembled the yatai for use as the temple’s yagura (central platform) this year.
Photos by Craig Barnhill
Beloved: Sacred Art and Music Festival
Saturday, August 12, 2:30 p.m.
Tidewater Falls, Oregon
Directions to be posted here
Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Wednesday, August 9, 6:00 p.m.
Japanese American Historical Plaza at NW Naito and Couch St.
Saturday, August 5, 6:30 p.m.
3720 SE 34th Avenue
Hawaiian Festival (3 Days of Aloha)
Saturday, July 29, 2:00 p.m.
Esther Short Park at W. Columbia and 8th Streets
Young Musicians & Artists
Saturday, July 1, 2:00 p.m. workshop and 8:00 p.m. concert
JASO Annual Banquet
Tuesday, June 20, 7:00 p.m.
PORTLAND TAIKO debuted its Portland Festival Yatai at the Rose Festival Starlight Parade this past weekend! The evening was beautiful, joyful, peaceful, and filled with light. Thanks for sharing the experience with us! Check out the television coverage here!
Photos: Mark Graves, Oregonian
Drums of Three Nations
Sunday, June 11, 2:00 p.m.
World Trade Center at 121 SW Salmon St.
Sponsored by the Consul General of Japan, Honorary Consul of S. Korea, and Oregon-China Sister State Association. Featuring drumming performances by Li Lin and the Portland Lee Association Lion Dance Team, Seung-hee Ji, and Portland Taiko! Free event but registration requested here
Join Portland Taiko as we unveil our PORTLAND FESTIVAL YATAI at the Rose Festival Starlight Parade on Saturday, June 3, 8:30 p.m. We’ll have 26 parade participants, with performers on and off the cart, volunteer pushers, and others joining in the merriment as we walk through the streets of downtown Portland! We hope to see you there!
Rose Festival Starlight Parade
Saturday, June 3, 8:30 p.m.
Join us as we unveil our newly-built Portland Festival Yatai!
Whitcomb Elementary School
Friday, May 26, 1:30 p.m.
7400 SE Thompson Rd
Thursday, May 18, 6:00 p.m.
Mountainview Christian Church
Say Hey! for Partners in Diversity
Tuesday, May 16, 6:00 p.m.
Legacy Emmanuel Atrium
Lan Su Chinese Garden
Saturday, May 20, 1:00 p.m.
239 Northwest Everett Street
Drumming in the Stacks
Saturday, May 6, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Midland Library — Free workshop but registration required
805 SE 122nd Ave
South Wasco County High School and The Dalles-Wasco County Library
Friday, April 28, 10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.
Maupin and The Dalles, Oregon
Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival
Saturday, April 22, 1:30 p.m.
305 Harrison Street
Whidbey Island Center for the Arts
Friday, April 21, 1:00 p.m. matinee and 7:30 p.m. full concert
565 Camano Avenue
Multnomah County Library: Drumming in the Stacks
Saturday, April 15, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Central Library, U.S. Bank Room
801 SW 10th Avenue
Free but registration is required. Maximum 15 participants.
SOLD OUT!!! We’re looking forward to seeing you at the 2017 Benefit Banquet, featuring a hosted NW wine and beer reception followed by a delicious, eight-course, vegetarian-friendly Cantonese dinner. We have an exciting program of taiko performances, mystery origami leis, live auction and paddle raise, honored guests, and special surprises!
Thursday, May 11 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Wong’s King Seafood Restaurant (8733 SE Division Street)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59 p.m. on April 1, 2017. Thank you in advance for your submission!
Portland Children’s Museum
Saturday, April 1, 11:00 a.m.
4015 SW Canyon Road
Min Yasui Documentary World Premiere
Tuesday, March 28, 6:45 p.m.
Historic Grand Theater, 191 High St NE
Salem Public Library
Friday, March 24, 7:00 p.m.
585 Liberty Street SE
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.
Sherwood Center for the Arts
Family Matinee Series
Saturday, March 18, 2:00 p.m.
University of Portland, International Night
Friday, March 3, 6:20 p.m.
Shimadzu Anniversary Celebration
Wednesday, March 3, 11:30 a.m.
Capitol Hill Elementary School
Wednesday and Thursday, February 22 and 23
Sunday, February 19, 1:40 p.m.
Lane County Events Center
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!
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/
Sunday, December 11, 4 p.m. | link
Japanese American Historical Plaza
In response to post-election instances of racial targeting and student harassment, Portland Taiko will team with Oya No Kai and Grant High School for a student workshop and dialogue, and the Oregon Nikkei Endowment, Portland JACL, and the Japanese Ancestral Society in a candelight vigil at the Japanese American Historical Plaza.
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)
Wednesday, November 2, 5:00 p.m.
Portland State University
Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom
1825 SW Broadway
Join the PSU Cultural Resource Centers as it celebrates the momentous addition of the Pan-African Commons and Pacific Islander, Asian & Asian American Student Center. Our formal presentation will begin at 5:00 p.m. and will be followed by dinner, entertainment, and dancing. This event is FREE and open to the public. No ticket required. Portland Taiko performs towards the end of the event around 7:00 p.m.