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…

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…

AUGUST 2016 It’s hot. August in Indiana is hot. And humid. That’s what comes to mind when I consider playing August festivals. It’s hard to play in the heat. Taiko is aerobic. Sweat pours when we play in an air-conditioned climate-controlled environment. When we play outside in hot, humid weather, sweat is the least of…

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…

Drummers learn rhythms with sticks using choreographed arm movements and/or while dancing from drum to drum in this ancient Japanese tradition. Previous experience is required. Friday Ages: Teens & Adults Instructor: Allison Ballard Cost: $215 for 21-week semester, $80 for 7-week session, or $12 drop-in.  

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