Sweden taiko 
Sweden taiko is based in Stockholm where we perform and teach classes for beginners and at intermediate levels.  
We collaborate with professional japanese taiko players in Sweden and in Japan. 
This year we proudly arrange workshops with Kumiko Suzuki (Tokyo, London), Ryo Shiobara (Nagano) and Kazumi Aren (Nagano).
We create meeting places and organise workshops  for players who are interested in developing and sharing their knowledge of japanese taiko music.



Sweden taiko 

The Stockholm Taiko Club (later to become Taiko Kai) was founded in Sweden1991. This was in conjunction with performances and workshops in Sweden taught by Iwakichi Yamashita and Noriko Hashimoto from Kyoto.
The organisation Sweden Taiko was founded in 2014.
Our Taiko music is inspired by the folk traditions of the regions and islands of Japan.
Our playing is influenced by music which flows from  people who play taiko naturally -  communities of fishing people, farmers, foresters, weavers, and steelworkers - working people whose communal songs and dances at regional Shinto festivals reflect the natural spirit of taiko. 

The origins of taiko drums are  ancient and profound.  An enormous legacy of rhythms, songs and dances evoke musical memories of a time where people live in harmony with their surroundings and celebrate the changing of the seasons.
With respect for this and with gratitude to our taiko masters, we play japanese festival rythms and melodies and create  original pieces for Taiko, shakuhachi and shinobue flute. 

Andrew Hickman