Taiko drumming is an exciting modern artform with ancient roots. With origins in the religious ceremonies and folk festivals of Japan, it has experienced a worldwide renaissance that began in the 60s and continues to grow today.
Emeryville Taiko was initiated as an Oakland taiko class for children by Yuri Morita with Susan Horn as her assistant under the guidance of Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka, founder of San Francisco Taiko Dojo. When Yuri decided to go to Japan, Susan Horn became instructor of the group.
Senior drum builder Jenny Fuss also began workshops in taiko building, which resulted in more than 20 drums, all hand-built by Emeryville Taiko members. Under Susan Horn's direction, Emeryville Taiko has begun intensely focusing energy on developing in new directions.
We invite all people of all backgrounds and ages to join us! We are dedicated to helping beginners learn taiko in a safe and friendly atmosphere. Over the years we have grown as a group -- even going to Brazil to learn new songs! However, we are now struggling to find a suitable space for our classes. Being loud isn't easy!
Emeryville Taiko has been determined by the IRS to be a tax deductible public charity under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
For more about taiko's history, please visit Rolling Thunder Taiko Resource
(good basic info, but the group database is out of date) or San Francisco Taiko Dojo