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01: Sandra (Arashi)
"What I also love about Tsukasa Taiko is that Aoki Sensei teaches us something other than playing catchy, toe-tapping, beat-driven percussion on taiko. The way he teaches us to play taiko is really more of an art and cultural experience-- we're taught a story, and we learn to convey the nuances of the story through traditional Japanese music, choreography, and dance...."
02: Helen (Kazan)
"Today, I feel so fortunate to have "found" Tsukasa Taiko. It fulfills a great nostalgia I have for the traditional rhythms and joyful energy of taiko, and at the same time it is something challenging, playful, and immensely satisfying (especially when we complete a song or perform well)..."
03: Neill (Ginten 1)
"I think my most memorable moment with Tsukasa was at the end of my first Taiko Legacy. I remember how exhilarating and cool it felt to have finally finished something that was so grand. This is when I heard the clapping of the crowd, and it made me fill up with joy and relief that just felt well, amazing!..."
04: Randy (Kazan)
"I think innovative artistic collaborations like these really set Tsukasa apart and show how Tsukasa is committed to the Chicago community and to the legacy, advancement and exploration of the taiko artform...."
05: Mother of Sheamus (Chibikko Tsuki)
06: Mother of Taira (Chibikko Tsuki)
"I started shamisen lessons under Tatsu Aoki and then joined the Tsukasa Taiko Arashi class.
It is amazing to have such a teacher and resource here in Chicago, and the cross fertilization of shamisen and taiko is very enriching....."
08: Mother of Alissa (Chibikko Tsuki)
"I also like that she can work with other diverse members of Tsukasa Taiko - she is sometime a teacher to younger generation or to her peers while she enjoys learning from older members. This is very unique quality Tsukasa has that no other classes like dance, soccer, etc can offer...."
09: Mother of Koki (Ginten 1) & Hana (Chibikko Hoshi)
"My kids are quite shy. But they started enjoying performing in front of people...."
10: Naomi, Mother of Koji & Kiyomi (Gintenkai)
Why did you choose Tsukasa Taiko?:
"Taiko groups in Chicago back then (2001-2002) belonged to different Japanese American temples. My family couldn't commit to the temple to just learn Taiko, and we had always wished for an alternative option.
Tsukasa was the only Taiko group that stood independently and wasn't affiliated with any religious groups...."
I love seeing where taiko can take me next. Sometimes it's a shared stage with established jazz musicians, sometimes it's a performance with traditional Japanese grand masters, and sometimes it's with other community groups. It's always unpredictable, but I love that. ..."
I'm so glad to be a part of the group today because since then I've been able to share multiple stages with truly incredible artists and accomplish goals that no other taiko groups have ever achieved. It's exciting to know that Tsukasa is the artistic taiko pioneer in the Midwest. ..."
- 01: Sandra (Arashi)
- 02: Helen(Kazan)
- 03: Neill(Ginten 1)
- 04: Randy(Kazan)
- 05: Mother of Sheamus (Chibikko Tsuki)
- 06: Mother of Taira (Chibikko Tsuki)
- 07: Kiku(Arashi)
- 08: Mother of Alissa (Chibikko Tsuki)
- 09: Mother of Koki (Ginten 1) & Hana (Chibikko Hoshi)
- 10: Naomi, Mother of Koji & Kiyomi (Gintenkai)
- 11: Koji(Gintenkai)
- 12: Kiyomi(Gintenkai)