The Fort Wayne Dance Collective is pleased to present Fort Wayne Taiko’s Knock on Wood performance Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 7 p.m. The performance will be held at the Allen County Public Library theatre located at the downtown branch at 900 Plaza Drive in Fort Wayne. Admission is $10. For tickets or info, call…

Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out. Sometimes it’s just that simple. Or that complex. In 2017, I attended the North American Taiko Conference held at Stanford University. While there, I participated in a workshop that tossed out all the fancy things we try to do as taiko drummers and took us back to…

It was 1997 and after months of searching for barrels to make taiko drums, I was on the phone with a Jim Beam distillery in Louisville, Kentucky.  “They’ll cost you $25 a barrel,” said the voice on the phone. “But you have to come get them.” Paydirt! Twenty-five dollars and a road trip! Good grief!…

I stood in the alley and watched the guest taiko drummers pull away after a blissful week of workshops, performances and lecture-demonstrations…and of course they took their drums with them. Of course they did! I just didn’t see it coming. It was 1997 and I had been so caught up in one joyful moment after another…

Big drums, Big Sound, Big Life. That is Fort Wayne Taiko’s slogan.  Or at least it has become my personal mantra. It’s hard to play these big drums without making big sound. And all that big sound creates big energy. And all that big energy sustained over time creates big life. A simple, yet profound…

By Allison Ballard, Director of Fort Wayne Taiko Sometimes I just feel flat. There may be countless reasons why. I’m struggling with a relationship or a work problem or I’m not sleeping well or eating well or I’m overwhelmed with so many things to do that I just shut down. Or, or, or….it doesn’t really…

By, Allison Ballard No way around it, I’m not Japanese. I’m never going to be Japanese. I am most definitely Caucasian,…and female. I am a white girl. Always have been, always will be. Indeed, I am a Midwestern white girl borderline Southerner (I was raised in southwestern Kentucky). And let’s be honest, now that my…

Fort Wayne Taiko is thrilled to present a taiko drumming workshop with one of the leading personas in contemporary percussion and rhythm, Kenny Endo! Endo is at the vanguard of the taiko genre, continuing to lead the way in this Japanese style of drumming as he marks his 40th year of performing and touring. This…

                                    By: Allison Ballard Flop and wiggle. Relax. Be loose. Fort Wayne Taiko just hosted Tiffany Tamaribuchi, an internationally acclaimed taiko master, for a 3-day residency at the Fort Wayne Dance Collective. And this was my biggest takeaway:…

                                                By: Allison Ballard I turned to see him carry it in through the front door. My family was exchanging Christmas presents at my mother’s house. My sweetie had gone out to…

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