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"Project Taiko" is a new & exciting project for young people in South Lanarkshire, funded by Youth Music Initiative.

Learn to play the taiko drums with the UK's top instructors. Taiko drumming is like music & martial arts combined, uplifting, energetic & powerful!

The goal of the project is for two different age groups of young people to learn Taiko drumming from the first basics right through to learning a performance piece, joining in with the professional group Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers for a final performance.

This project will run on Wednesday evenings for 2 age groups:

Age 12 - 17 ........ at 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Age 18 - 25 ........ at 7:30 - 9:00 pm

The weekly sessions will start from Wednesday 31 January, running every Wednesday, leading to a final performance on Sunday 24 March, where the participants join in with a showcase performance by Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers, the leading Taiko drum group in Europe.

The weekly sessions will take place at the Mugen Taiko Dojo, which is situated halfway between Strathaven & Lesmahagow. For those without transport, there will be a minibus pickup provided in Strathaven, Sandford, Kirkmuirhill & Lesmahagow.

PLACES ARE LIMITED! Sign up through the Eventbrite link, or contact us by email / phone.

01357 522 008


About the Mugen Taiko Dojo :

The Mugen Taiko Dojo is the UK's top facility for learning the art & discipline of Taiko Drumming, a purpose-built studio with a huge array of instruments imported from Japan. The venue provides the ideal environment for learning Taiko, with mirrored walls and wood floors, and also with disabled facilities available.

About the Instructors :

The instructors of the project are members of Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers, a professional touring taiko group, internationally renowned for their energetic & theatrical modern style based on traditional Japanese drumming. Their performance history includes 1,000s of concerts at prestigious venues throughout the UK, including in Scotland: Edinburgh Usher Hall, Glasgow Kings Theatre, Dundee Caird Hall, Aberdeen Music Hall, Motherwell Concert Hall, Ayr Gaiety, Kilmarnock Palace Theatre. They have been featured on various film, TV and recording projects & this year they were filmed for the upcoming blockbuster "Tin Soldier" in Greece alongside Jamie Foxx & Robert DeNiro, performed a 2-week run at the World Expo in Dubai, and last year were featured on the BBC TV Tokyo Olympics programme for the opening big drum sequence. In 2002 they opened the UK's first Taiko Drumming Centre, the Mugen Taiko Dojo, as a rehearsal space for the professional group, and as a base for delivering hundreds of workshops of all levels & outreach throughout the UK.

About Taiko drumming :

Taiko is a form of drumming originally from Japan. The history of taiko stretches back for 1000s of years, where Taiko was originally used to pray to the Shinto gods for a good harvest, plentiful fishing, and protecting the village against harm. Taiko was also played in Buddhist temples, in Noh & Kabuki traditional theatre, at ceremonies of Sumo wrestlers, and as part of traditional folk music. More recently Taiko has developed into a modern performing art, as well as for community-bonding. In Japan there are currently over 10,000 groups, and it is now spreading outside Japan, with 1,000s of groups throughout the world.