Welcoming Our 2021-2022 Trainees!

After a full season of Zoom rehearsals, we are finally back in the dojo and kicking off a new performance season with new recruits!

Earlier this month we hosted two Public Recruitment Workshops in which participants got to hear a brief history of Japanese drumming and then were introduced the fundamentals of playing taiko through demonstrations and guided exercises. See below for some highlights from our two workshops!

Coming out of our recruitment workshops, we are excited to welcome seven new trainees into our 2021-2022 trainee class. Our new trainees bring a diverse set of experiences, with some who’ve played taiko before and others who learned for the first time at our workshops. Now they will be joining our rehearsals for the next few months to continue learning our technique and repertoire. We look forward to shaping our trainees into a new generation of Soh Daiko performers!

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KYOMEI 2021: A NYC Taiko Virtual Concert

In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, Soh Daiko has joined with our fellow New York City taiko groups for a virtual concert.

This event will highlight the richness of taiko in NYC by showcasing our favorite performances and introducing new bonus content, all in support of a good cause. Throughout the concert, we will be fundraising for the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), a group based in NYC that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans through litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing. To learn more about AALDEF and to donate, visit: www.aaldef.org

Join us on May 8th as we come together to uplift our art and community!

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Celebrating Women’s History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month, our current membership sat down with three very inspiring former members who shaped Soh Daiko from the beginning: Merle Mieko Okada, Teddy Yoshikami, and Jenny Wada.

Merle Mieko is one of Soh Daiko’s co-founders and served as our chairperson from 1979 to 2013. Teddy, a member of Soh Daiko from 1983 to 2013, acted as a principal choreographer, and Jenny, a member between 1983 and 2003, was a key composer of Soh Daiko’s repertoire.

We spoke about how taiko has inspired and empowered them as women, the role women have played in the development of taiko in North America, and more. Check out our highlights from that conversation in this short video.

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