Upcoming Events

Rise

Makoto Taiko’s 11th Annual concert
Saturday May 6th at 7pm
Arcadia Performing Arts Foundation

Makoto Taiko presents RISE! – a powerful concert of Japanese drumming with Grammy Award-winning Taiko Master Koji Nakamura and guest artist Eien Hunter-Ishikawa.

With a foundation forged from intensive training with the renowned Taiko group Ondekoza, Koji Nakamura has helped craft Makoto Taiko into one of the largest and most diverse ensembles in the US. The group continues to grow with members from all over the Los Angeles area. With an eye towards community connections, they appear year-round at an ever-expanding list of events and venues. Performances here and in Japan showcase their unique interpretation of the art of Taiko, featuring both traditional and modern compositions.

Eien Hunter-Ishikawa is a member of the fearlessly innovative On Ensemble. A musician and global educator based in Portland, Oregon, he was born in Japan, where he developed an early passion for drumming specializing in drumset, Taiko, percussion, and shinobue. He’s performed at the North American Taiko Conference, Chico World Music Festival, Vancouver’s Powell Street Festival, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Dancing on the Edge Festival, Hawaii International Taiko Festival, Honolulu International Jazz Festival, and the Detroit Montreux Jazz Festival.

Eien’s performances defy genre, having played with electro-acoustic groups, tsugaru shamisen and sho artists, African bands, bagpipe ensembles, and Rock/Reggae bands. He has also merged traditional Japanese music and Jazz via shakuhachi and vibraphone duets.

The ensemble of Makoto Taiko is dedicated to drumming as a means of expression to inspire players and audience members alike. Uniting passion, precision, and spirit, we invite you to experience RISE!

Tickets on Sale Now!

http://www.arcadiapaf.org/leased-events/makoto-taiko-presents-rise/

Taiko Summit Colorado 2017
Saturday, June 10, 2017 1PM at the Macky Auditorium, University of Colorado at Boulder

World Renowned Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka & San Francisco Taiko Dojo, Kenny Endo Ensemble, Grammy Winner Koji Nakamura & Makoto Taiko, GONNA-Wadaiko x Marimba from Japan, and Boulder Taiko Ensemble.
http://taikosummit.com/tickets/

Past Concerts

2017

 

Pasadena ArtNight
Friday, March 10 6-10PM
Shumei Hall, Pasadena

Akabeko Project
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Workshop Hours: 1:00PM-4:00PM
Performances at 1:00PM and 3:00PM
Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute
595 Lincoln Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103

http://www.akabekoproject.org/adventure-2016
RSVP by March 3, 2017

Founded in 2013, the Akabeko Project is an annual event that raises awareness for the victims of the March 11, 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster by engaging community members of all ages in creative, cultural, and educational activities.
The Akabeko Project fosters a continued awareness of the situation by hosting Akabeko painting workshops.
The Akabeko Project’s mission is to continue to strengthen international relationships between Japanese and Americans and to educate our communities, both in the United States and in Japan, about the continuing struggles that face the citizens of Fukushima.

2016

Heritage Day at Chandler School
October 28, 2016 in Pasadena, CA

 

Shumei America Pasadena’s Center Anniversary Celebration
October 23, 2016 in Pasadena, CA

 

Pasadena Peace and Unity Festival
September 25, 2016 in Pasadena, CA
Makoto was excited and honored to promote peace and unity through our taiko drumming! The Pasadena Peace and Unity Festival aimed to bring our communities together, through music & spoken word, to promote peace with justice & unity in our neighborhoods.

 

AbilityFirst’s International Night
September 23, 2016 in Pasadena, CA
Makoto performed and hosted workshops for children at AbilityFirst’s diversity fair. AbilityFirst is an organization which uplifts and fosters learning in children and adults with special needs.

 

Altadena Church Fall Festival
September 17, 2016 in Altadena, CA

 

Nisei Week Taiko Gathering at JACCC Plaza
August 21, 2016 in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

 

Makoto Taiko One Pulse Concert
June 4th, 2016 Saturday 7pm

http://makototaiko.brownpapertickets.com

 

Join us for Makoto Taiko’s One Pulse – a powerful concert featuring traditional, modern, and fusion Japanese drum pieces with Grammy Award-winning Taiko Master Koji Nakamura, Koto Artist Yukiko Matsuyama, and Violinist Jason Yang.

Parking is available and free for all attendees.

Some premium seats will be reserved for donors to Makoto Taiko.  For more information, please contact us at info@makototaiko.org.

2015

Makoto Taiko “Resounding BEAT” Concert
June 2015, Thorne Hall, Occidental College (Eagle Rock, CA)
9th Annual Concert. Special Guests: Marco Lienhard, Hidesomi Bando

ArtNight Pasadena
March, 2015 at Shumei Hall, Pasadena

Westfield Mall Lunar New Year Celebration
February 2015, Westfield Mall, Arcadia, CA

La Paz Intermediate School 4th Annual International Festival
March 27, 2015 Mission Viejo, CA

Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert
November 2015, Santa Monica, CA

Disney’s “Big Hero 6” Wrap Party
October 2015, Kodak Theatre, Hollywood, CA

2014

La Paz Intermediate School 3rd Annual International Festival
April 3, 2014 Mission Viejo, CA

2014 Los Angeles & San Gabriel Valley Spring Regional Games for the Special Olympics 
Saturday, May 17, 2014

Makoto Taiko 15th Anniversary “Kizuna” Concert
June 2014, Thorne Hall, Occidental College, Eagle Rock, CA
Special Guests: Mike Penny and Roseanna Kuwata

2013

Pasadena Gakuen performance
January 2013, Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute

8th Annual Makoto Taiko Concert
June 2013, Thorne Hall, Occidental College, Eagle Rock, CA
Special guest Mike Penny

Special Olympics Fall Regional Games performance
June 2013, Los Angeles, CA

Nisei Week Taiko Gathering at JACCC Plaza
August, 2013 in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

Shumei Santa Cruz Open Farm performance
September 2013, Santa Cruz, CA

Annual “Inochi no Denwa” Suicide Hotline Benefit Christmas Concert
December, 2012-2016, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

2013 Honda LA Marathon
March 17, 2013, Los Angeles

2nd Annual Asian Deaf Awareness Day event
Los Angeles, May 11, 2013

2012

National Women’s History Month
March 27, 2012, Federal Women’s Program, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles

Makoto’s 7th Annual Concert
June 2012, Thorne Hall, Occidental College, Eagle Rock, CA

Makoto Holiday Recital
December 2012, Pasadena, CA

2011

Kotohajime
January 2011, Jaoanese American Cultural & Community Center, Title Tokyo

7th Annual Kaua’i Wellness Expo 2011
January 2011, Kaua’i War Memorial Center, Kaua’i, HI

Pasadena ArtNight
May 2011, Shumei Hall, Pasadena, CA

6th Annual Makoto Taiko Concert
June 2011, Thorne Hall, Occidental College, Eagle Rock

LA18 Harvest Moon Festival
September 2011, Arcadia County Park

World Festival of Sacred Music
October 8, 2011, Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State L.A.

4th Annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days
October 2011, Santa Monica, CA

U.S. Martial Arts Festival
November 2011, Redondo Beach, CA

Benefit Concert for The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America
November 13, 2011, Beverly Hill, CA

2010

5th Annual Makoto Taiko Concert
June 2010, Scottish Rite Center, Pasadena

Cosmic Thunder concert
June 2010, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena

U.S.-Japan Martial Arts Festival
June 2010, Redondo Beach, CA

Shumei Santa Cruz Open Farm performance
2010, Santa Cruz, CA

LEADERShift 2010
November 2010, Long Beach, CA

Emperor of Japan’s Birthday Reception
December 2010, Residence of the Consul General of Japan, Los Angeles

2009

4th Annual Makoto Taiko Concert
June 2009, Pasadena, CA

Makoto Taiko 10th Anniversary Concert
August 2009, San Gabriel, CA
Special Guests: Gran Master Seiichi Tanaka, Paul Winter, Mike Penny, Yukiko Matsuyama, and Yanjin Lam

2008

3rd Annual Makoto Taiko Concert
June 2008, Pasadena, CA

Shamballah LA
September 2008, Level 3, Hollywood, CA

Celebrate Immigrants Liturgy and Festival
September 2008, Cathedral of the Lady of Angeles, Los Angeles

Crestone Music Festival
September 2008, Crestone, CO

Prayer Vigil for the Earth
September 2008, Washington, D.C.

2007

Catskill Mountain Culture Festival
July 2007, Hunter, NY

Crestone Music Festival
August 2007, Crestone, CO

Prayer Vigil for the Earth
September 2007, Washington, D.C.

2006

Catskill Mountain Culture Festival
July 2006, Hunter, NY

Aum-Sho-Namah Concert for the World Festival of Sacred Music
July 2006, Torrance, CA
Collaborated with Marco Lienhard and Koji Nakamura

2nd Annual Makoto Taiko Concert
August 2006, Pasadena, CA

Prayer Vigil for the Earth
September 2006, Washington, D.C.

2005

1st Annual Shumei America Taiko Concert
June 2005, Pasadena, CA

Catskill Mountain Culture Festival
July 2005, Hunter, NY
Collaborated with Koji Nakamura and Marco Lienhard, former Ondekoza member and leader of Taikoza

Prayer Vigil for the Earth
September 2005, Washington, D.C.

2004

Catskill Mountain Culture Festival
July 2004, Hunter, NY
Collaborated with Toshiki Hirano, former Shumei Taiko Ensemble Member and Koji Nakamura

2003

Catskill Mountain Culture Festival
July 2003, Hunter, NY

2002

Prayer Vigil for the Earth
September 2002, Washington, D.C.

Bridge USA Summer Festival
July 2002. Torrance, CA

2001

Prayer Vigil for the Earth
September 2001, Washington, D.C.

Bridge USA Summer Festival
September 2001, Torrance, CA

2000

Prayer Vigil for the Earth
September 2000, Washington, D.C.

1999

Shumei America Taiko’s first performance
July 1999.