Vermont
Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Artist
Burlington Taiko

With the power of an elemental force of nature, men and women play with the passion of complete abandon, fully committing their bodies and spirits to the beautiful, precise choreography and powerful, surging rhythms expressed by taiko. Using a background of thunderous drums, graceful movement and colorful pageantry, Burlington Taiko provides a unique opportunity for entertainment and education.

Since 1987, Burlington Taiko has been mesmerizing audiences with the powerful, spellbinding and propulsive sounds of the taiko. Inspired by traditional Japanese drumming, Burlington Taiko performers use the power and beauty of taiko to transcend cultural barriers and to foster greater understanding of the Japanese American culture. The group has twice been recognized by the International Taiko community, having been selected to perform at both the 30th and 40th International Taiko Festival in San Francisco, the 1999 North American Taiko Conference in Los Angeles and the Gaina Festival in Yona

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We play at Schools, Festivals, Weddings, College Events, Parades
Traditional—Osuwa Taiko, Nagano Prefecture It is said that if the dragon circles over the village thrice, a good crop is foretold. Here the drummers call upon the dragon god three times to help humanity.
Yomu, a composition by senior member Harry Grabenstein, was inspired by Irish and Burundi rhythms. The syllables, yo and mu, are from one of several Japanese counting systems and mean four and six. This piece travels back and forth between 4/4 and 6/4 tim
TSUNAMI composed by Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka The O-Daiko is the most physically demanding drum to play. Tsunami, like the terrifying ocean phenomenon it is named after, is a surging, wave-like melody that builds to a series of O-Daiko solos
Composed by Stuart Paton, Performed at the East Coast Taiko Conference

I Have Worked With

  • June 2018

    For the fourth year, Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, the City of Providence’s Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and founding creative partner FirstWorks will host PVDFest, Providence’s signature art festival, June 7-10, 2018!

  • June 2018

    Performed for opening night of Camp Knock Knock, a weekend retreat for grieving families with children who have experienced the death of a loved one from Vermont and the Champlain Valley

  • May 2018

    Cheerleading drumming for the runners at the base of battery st

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Contact Information

First Name: 
LJ
Job Title/Position: 
Booking Coordinator
Mailing Address: 
PO BOX 65115
BURLINGTON, VT 05406
Physical Address: 
208 Flynn Ave Suite 3G
Burlington, VT 05401
Last Name: 
Stewart
Phone: 
(914) 475-0343

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Music - Ethnic / World
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Ethnic
Dance - Traditional
Humanities - General
Music - Traditional
Theater - Musical
Year Founded: 
1987
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Languages Available: 
Japanese
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Performance / Concert / Reading / Assembly
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Wedding / Parties / Private Gatherings
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class / Presentation
Events Per Year: 
50
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Awards: 
Feature performers at the 30th & 40th International Taiko Festivals in San Francisco and the North American Taiko Conference in Los Angeles. 2001 First Night International's Prism Award, first place recognition.
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient
I am on the following State Arts Agency Roster(s): 
Vermont Education Roster

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Space Requirements: Performance - 25' wide by 18' deep with 9' minimum ceiling height. We have accomidated smaller stages and can be flexible to work with different spaces.
Our Odaiko, our 5' diameter drum, coming out of the truck is 70” High, 30” Wide, and 92” Long, and we will need a door and passage way large enough pass through.
Two microphones. One announce mic on a tall stand, and one mic on a low, boom stand.
Fee Range Minimum: 
$350
Fee Range Maximum: 
$10,000
State of Residence: 
Vermont
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
13

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Foreign Languages
Arts Integration - Health
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Dance
Music
Ages Served: 
Pre-Kindergarten-age
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Fee Range Minimum: 
$350