Celebrate Pride Month with Soh Daiko!

June is Pride Month, and Soh Daiko is proud to support the LGBTQ+ community. That is why we will be walking in the 2022 NYC Pride March on with the New York Buddhist Church! Come out to support and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community on Sunday, June 26th. For more information about the NYC Pride March, visit: www.nycpride.org

You can also join us in raising money for the Audre Lorde Project through our CustomInk t-shirt fundraiser. The Audre Lorde Project is a community organizing center based in Brooklyn, NY that is committed to supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirit, and Gender Non-Conforming people of color. For more information about the organization, visit: www.alp.org

Our limited-edition Soh Daiko Pride shirts are available in soft t-shirts and three styles of sleeveless tank tops. Order between now and June 7th—you should receive your shirt in time to wear it Pride weekend!

Order your t-shirts here!

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Celebrating Takashi Murakami!

Just when you thought we’d done enough last week… we also kicked off a party celebrating world-famous artist Takashi Murakami! His new exhibition at Gagosian in New York, “An Arrow Through History,” opened last week and features new paintings, work inspired by his CloneX NFT collaboration with RTFKT Studios, and work inspired by his Murakami Flower NFT project.

The party, which was produced by Bureau Betak and held at Brooklyn Navy Yard, began with an incredible combination of DJ Zack Bia and our very own taiko pieces! Between the lights, fog, and the custom scaffolding and platforms we were scattered across, our Asano Taiko US taiko gleamed as we drummed at our loudest. You can even find the below photos of Soh Daiko member Miyuki, and Soh Daiko members Alan and Tamiko pictured behind Murakami himself, featured in an article about the event by Vogue!

Thank you Takashi Murakami and Bureau Betak for inviting us to bring the power of taiko to this amazing event. We had so much fun playing and collaborating with you!

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Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!

Last weekend, Soh Daiko members Jane and Anna performed with Post Malone on Saturday Night Live for the premiere of his new song “Love/Hate Letter to Alcohol,” featuring Fleet Foxes. Our two Asano odaiko drums looked incredible under the spotlights and fog, and our drummers did too!

Thank you Post Malone for this incredible opportunity. It was an honor performing with you and such talented musicians on such a beautiful new song, and we were grateful to represent taiko on a wide-reaching platform like SNL!

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Thank You, Carnegie & LPAC!

It feels good to be back! This past weekend we returned to the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC) as part of the Carnegie Hall Citywide concert series. Donning our signature red happi coats, we once again took to the LPAC stage for a full show of Soh Daiko classics.

Not only were we fortunate to have a few former Soh Daiko members return for this year’s performance, but we had our 2022 probationary members incorporated throughout. With everything from drumming parts to waving the Soh Daiko flags, our probationary members made their performing debut with spirit and poise, and we could not be more proud!

We started our day as we always do before a show—early and with an equipment van! Our drums, stands, and accessories were carefully packed for the drive to Queens, leaving room for plenty of time for tech rehearsal (and lunch!) at the theater.

Thank you to everyone who came out to the show. We were so grateful to see old friends, including the terrific stage crew at LPAC, and to meet new fans and potential future taiko players! For anyone who missed it, we hope you’ll come out to see us at Essex County’s Branch Brook Park, Randall’s Island, and more over the next few months. Check out our “Shows” page to see where we’ll be next, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates!

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