Here you can read about our history, learn about our name, where we tend to make loud noises, and how we qualify as the geekiest taiko in Minnesotsa.
Our members range in age from their 20s to their 70s and have been playing from anywhere between just a year or so to well over a decade, which means that none of us can agree on which Batman, Star Trek, or Doctor Who is best. That last bit doesn’t have a lot to do with drumming, but it’s true nonetheless.
Secrets of the Initiated
We actually do things together apart from drumming. We get together to defeat escape rooms, watch movies, play games, and potluck like bosses. We have a long-standing book club. There is no rabbit hole we can resist when trying to have a quick discussion, and we tend to sobremesa (hang around and talk) after nearly everything we do. Even though only one of us speaks fluent Spanish.
We gathered in 2012 under the assumption that a local Science Fiction and Fantasy convention could do with some Taiko, which then led to our first performance at CONvergence in 2013. Since then we have never stopped bringing our passion, our creativity, our unabashed geekiness (and the occasional kazoo), to everything we do.
The Stars That Guide Us
Our mission is to share the art form of Japanese-style taiko drumming with the people and communities of the Greater Twin Cities metro area of Minnesota. We extend taiko by providing access to learning and performing opportunities to locally developed performers, and access to and awareness of taiko as an art form through public performances and demonstrations.
When we formed our group, we knew we were going to take Taiko to geeky places, and that our journey would be collaborative, encouraging, and based on group consensus. We are not traditional, not formal, and decidedly weird.
Harisen Daiko is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organized for educational and artistic purposes to support and spread the art of taiko drumming.