Europe Tour Video Podcast
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January 11, 2014 03:23 PM PSTSpain Tour 2012
January 10, 2013 12:56 AM PST
Tokara was in Valencia, Spain for six days with 11 performances and two workshops. The pro group was joined by Art Lee's student festival group in Japan, Nadeshiko. This was the first time we have performed outside of Japan together. Lots of great fun and lots of really nice people.NHK Documentary about Art Lee
March 18, 2012 11:36 PM PDT
This documentary about Wadaiko Artist Art Lee aired on March 15, 2012 in over 180 countries around the world.
Tokara Nadeshiko India Tour
February 24, 2012 04:49 AM PST
Members from Tokara and the festival group, Nadeshiko, travelled to India to perform in New Delhi.
Japan Week Frankfurt 2011
November 18, 2011 06:19 AM PST
Wadaiko Tokara performs "Nagisa Monogatari" at the Schauspiel Theatre in Frankfurt, Germany as part of 2011 Japan Week and 150th Anniversary of Japan/Germany Friendship and Cultural Exchange.
Tokara Wadaiko Bootcamp Finished
September 19, 2011 08:06 AM PDT
We have finished the Tokara Wadaiko Bootcamp Intermediate and Advanced Levels. Everyone did a really great job, and we are looking forward to bringing the bootcamp back to Japan next year. You can see information on the Tokara Wadaiko Bootcamp at: http://www.tokara.net/taikocamp.html
Off to Belgium
September 10, 2011 12:02 AM PDT
We are now in Belgium at the Tokara Wadaiko Bootcamp
Tokara at the Edinburgh Fringe
September 09, 2011 11:06 PM PDT
We have finished our one month run of 41 concerts at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Festival of Spirituality and Peace. Here are the highlights...
Tokara performing Isami Goma
September 13, 2011 10:06 AM PDT
Sakura Kinoshita joined us for this tribute to Grandmaster Daihachi Oguchi
Tokara performing Buchiawase Daiko in Edinburgh
September 13, 2011 09:59 AM PDT
During one of our PR performances at the Edinburgh Fringe...
Wadaiko Tokara is on tour in Japan, India, Europe and North America in 2011. This european tour is our biggest to date. Journey with us on our travels as we perform, teach workshops and travel through 15 different countries: from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland to Japan Week in Frankfurt, Germany.
Wadaiko Ensemble TOKARA was founded on March 7th, 2004 in Nagano Prefecture, Japan by Wadaiko Artist Art Lee, who brought together various taiko and percussion group members to begin the challenge of intensified training of the mind and body in the strict discipline of the taiko. Since then TOKARA has become a strong force in the world of Wadaiko (Taiko Drumming) both in Japan and internationally. While incorporating arrangements of traditional Taiko pieces into their performance, Tokara has created an all new style of Taiko, where speed and power meet eloquent movements of dance and the circular fluidity of the Chinese martial arts and aikido. Tokara’s new style of Taiko music also brings rhythm styles from other cultures around the world including Tam Tam and Samulnori. Since the groups inception, Tokara tours three to four times a year in Asia, the U.S., various countries in Europe, Australia, and India, as well as making regular appearances at some of the top Taiko performances all over Japan In addition to international touring, Tokara has created a unique education program of bringing Taiko enthusiasts and groups to Japan for various types of training. The group annually produces the Saiwai Shimoina Wadaiko Festival, as well as two award-winning intensive education programs; the INADANI Taiko Drumming Course for beginners and the TOKARA Wadaiko Bootcamp for intermediate/advanced practioners. Tokara is currently touring their newest production, "Tenchi Shinmei" with 60 concerts in Japan and Europe.
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