Festival Contributor: Taiko Zentrum Deutschland
We are pleased to have Razz Purcell as one of this year's festival contributors!
Razz is an accomplished taiko player and professional musician from the United States. He has studied under several influential taiko artists such as Kenny Endo, Masato Baba and Joel Mankey and founded the group Celt Taiko. In 2011 he relocated from Los Angeles to Ulm, Germany to remain close to his young daughter. Since then he has founded and led Taiko Zentrum Deutschland to share his dynamic and exciting style for which North American players are well known.
There are still a few spots available in his workshops, but you'd better move fast!
Festival passes and workshop tickets on sale
We've been hard at work to give you some exciting news! With the help of several generous festival contributors, we are able to announce more details of a great programme for this years festival, including:
Challenging workshops for taiko players of all levels.
Open mic concerts by guests in a friendly atmosphere.
Collaborative performances featuring guest contributors.
Festival pass and workshop ticket quantities are limited and available here!
Sold out Workshops:
OK, Katsugi! - You may still participate, if you can bring your own katsugi okedaiko. Please contact us in this case.
Festival Contributors: Wadaiko Tokara
We have been blown away by the response to the upcoming Taiko Spirit festival! But why not pump up the anticipation even more, shall we?!
We are happy to announce that Art Lee and Yukari Ichise will be two of this year’s festival contributors!
Wadaiko Tokara has become a strong force in the world of taiko both in Japan and internationally. While incorporating arrangements of traditional taiko pieces into their performance, Tokara has pioneered a jaw-dropping style of taiko, where speed and power meet eloquent movements. We are positive that Art and Yukari’s fun and challenging workshops will be a major highlight for everyone. CAN'T WAIT!
Please register for more contributors announcements, as well as ticket and workshop details in the coming weeks!
Festival Contributor: Kion Dojo
We are thrilled to announce Ingmar Kikat is one of this year's festival contributors!
Ingmar has a wide background from classical percussion to jazz and rock and started playing Taiko in 2001. He founded Kion Dojo in Hamburg, Germany in 2006 and the cutting edge performance group Taikoon in 2008, after living in Tokyo as a member of Tawoo Dojo (Gocoo). He plays and teaches a unique way of playing taiko with unheard of melodic arrangements. Looking forward to some deep grooves in his workshop.
Stay tuned for performance and workshop details in the coming weeks!
Festival Contributors: Tsuchigumo Daiko
We are ecstatic to announce that Martin Doyle and Shonagh Walker are two of this year's festival contributors!
From the UK to Japan, Martin and Shonagh have performed in countless shows while touring and playing professionally with Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers. In 2016, they co-founded Tsuchigumo Daiko based in Central Scotland, which has quickly taken the European taiko scene by storm with its explosive energy and diverse playing styles. This accomplished and dynamic couple is enthusiastic to connect and share with the taiko community with open minds and hearts.
Stay tuned for workshop and performance details in the coming weeks!
Taiko Festival 2016
We are happy to announce that we will be back on
2-4 September, 2016!
We are working in close collaboration with the village of Signau, local taiko groups and volunteers to build on the success of last year's festival. Future Taiko Spirit festivals will retain the elements that we know and love: taiko concerts, exciting workshops, camping in nature, regional cuisine, and a cozy matsuri atmosphere.
Additionally, the village has kindly allowed us the utilize of nearby facilities, which will be greatly beneficial in the event of poor weather. Moreover, this time of year is sunnier with a lower risk of rain than June. We also wish to have more performances and workshops by our guests from abroad.
A big thanks to all those who already volunteered to contribute (equipment, logistics, workshops, performances, etc.) to the last festival. We hope you can do so again for 2016! The programme planning phase has already begun, so please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to contribute!
On behalf of the Taiko Spirit team, thanks for your continued support and enthusiasm!