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NEW YORK SUWA TAIKO ASSOCIATION

KUMI-TAIKO (devised and perfected by Grand Master Daihachi Oguchi in 1951) gathers many different traditional wa daiko of various tones and sizes. Each with there own sound, playing in an ensemble.



Hiro Kurashima, Osuwa Daiko Shihan (certified by the late Grandmaster Daihachi Oguchi, 1924-2008) and leader of Taiko Masala, teaches class on Saturdays with NINJA taiko. A multi-cultural and multi-generational band of "misfits" (from personal experience, being one of the students). So in a sense the people are a lot like the wa daiko.



"Grand Master Oguchi's goal was, and the intention of Ninja Taiko and all the other Suwa Taiko Association teams in the New York Metropolitan area is, to spread the joy of Taiko to as many people as possible. Ninja Taiko drummers --men and women of different ages, with different cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds; from different walks of life, for a wide range of reasons--come together with the intention to play well and share the joy of both traditional and contemporary taiko music." Les Von Losberg



NYSTA At Mitsuwa Marketplace Summer Festival 2013
NINJA at SUMMER SATURDAZE International Celebration 2014  at East New York Farmers Market
"(In addition to Les' quote) The mission is for all of us learning SUWA style Taiko drumming. Our goal is to make good harmony and share joy with even one more person in our regular lives. In this meaning, Taiko is our best tool to exercise to polish ourselves and become well rounded persons."
Hiro Kurashima



HIRO KURASHIMA
Mitsuwa Marketplace (New Jersey) Summer Festival 2013

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CLASSES  WITH HIRO KURASIMA ARE SATURDAYS. BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE 2-4, INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCE 4-5. FOR MORE INFO ON CLASSES AND SCHEDULE CONTACT http://www.taiko-masala.com


For the month of October New York Suwa Taiko Association is at New York Botanical Garden for Kiku Matsuri (Chrysanthemum Festival) every weekend with performances at 1pm, & again at 3pm. With exception to Taiko Masala (who opened the matsuri on October 2nd), and Ninja (who performs on October 12th & 13th).


There are currently five active groups in NYSTA (under director & shihan Hiro Kurashima):
Taiko Masala (also led by Hiro), New York Taiko Aiko Kai, Sakura Taiko, Biwanko, and Ninja.

Three of the members of Taiko Masala performed on the second of October. The open field and clouds was a beautiful backdrop for their performance. Taiko Masala also performs every Saturday in October as well.                                        
                                      
                                           
This coming weekend will be Ninja's turn on Sunday, and again on Monday.
Then on the 19th Biwanko perfoms. And Sakura Taiko on the 26th (with members of Taiko Masala the 11th, 18th, and 25th).





At the end of each set, the audience gets the chance to participate in the performance. 



 






Ninja
Ninja



Ninja
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Sakura Taiko




Sakura Taiko
Sakura Taiko



Sakura Taiko
Sakura Taiko



for more info on Suwa style taiko also check out http://www.taiko-masala.com

Biwanko (Youth drummers) performed October 19th.(photo from DonDoko Matsuri 2013, presented by YuYu Dance Studio)