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.
Young Musicians & Artists
Saturday, July 1, 2:00 p.m. workshop and 8:00 p.m. concert
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
Sunday, June 11, 2:00 p.m.
World Trade Center at 121 SW Salmon St.
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 email@example.com 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)
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.
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!