Full of Gratitude
It's Thanksgiving, and as we reflect over the past year, we find that we have a lot to be thankful for! We enjoy the luxury of a practice studio where we can play at top volume, a van to transport our equipment to and from performances, and dedicated members who put a tremendous amount of time and energy teaching, performing, and handling day-to-day tasks that keep our organization running smoothly.
This year, we also connected with taiko artists and enthusiasts at numerous workshops around the world. Our members traveled to Oregon, Wisconsin, and even to South America, where we learned new songs and techniques from some of the best teachers and performers known in the taiko community. The openness of the taiko community is incredible, and we continue to be humbled and inspired by these experiences.
We are especially grateful to our fans, who share their enthusiasm for taiko; our donors who help fund our studio space and equipment; and our volunteers who help to promote the group, run the dashi, and photograph our events (just to name a few of their many activities). Most notably, we continue to remember longtime friend and supporter Clare Kanoya, who supported us in many, many ways since the group’s beginning, to help us become a successful group. We miss her gentle influences and continue to honor her memory.
Upcoming Free Performance at the Art Museum
The annual Winter Celebrations
will be returning to the St. Louis Art Museum in December. This free event takes place Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15 from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM and will include art activities and a variety of dance and musical performances from around the world. Join us at 2:15 PM Sunday for a taiko performance in the Farrell Auditorium!