Say hello to the newest members of Cal Raijin Taiko! This lovely photo is from our Halloween practice. We love the energy they bring and can't wait to see them learn and grow this year!
We will be holding tryouts starting Tuesday, September 5th. Come check us out and learn more about our group and the tryout process! No prior drumming experience is necessary! Please bring water and wear athletic clothing and close-toed shoes. Meet us at the steps of Upper Sproul Plaza @ 6pm (no Berkeley time).
Get excited for Cal Raijin Taiko's 10th Annual Showcase: Kakehashi - 架け橋! This year, showcase will be on Sunday, April 16th at 2 PM. Come join us at International House's Chevron Auditorium for two hours of high-energy Japanese drumming; we'll be featuring three new compositions and guest performances from Cal Wushu and Cal VSA Lion Dance!
After four long weeks of tryouts, we're extremely excited to announce and welcome the newest members of the Cal Raijin family - Generation XII! (Here's a picture of Gen XII from our pre-Halloween practice!)
Cal Raijin Taiko is excited to announce that our Fall 2016 tryout process will begin on Tuesday, September 6th! Meet us at 6pm on Upper Sproul Plaza, at the Savio Steps, to learn more about taiko, our group, and the tryout process in general. No prior experience is necessary and we will begin by going over the basics. Don't forget to wear athletic clothing and bring water!
We had a great time at the San Jose Obon Festival this past weekend and loved collaborating with Stanford Taiko and Bakuhatsu Taiko Dan on some cool pieces. Thank you to those of you who came out to watch us perform! Special thanks to San Jose Taiko and San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin. Also, check out the photos taken by Noah Freeman under the Photo Galleries tab on our website.
This past semester, Cal Taiko taught a DeCal course, the Art of Taiko Drumming, for the very first time. We had 12 enthusiastic students who started the course with little to no previous exposure to taiko, and had a wonderful experience teaching them the culture, history, and practice of taiko over three months.
Learn how to play taiko with us! For the first time ever, Cal Taiko will be teaching a decal course, The Art of Taiko Drumming. Over the course of the semester, students will learn both the art of playing taiko and the historical and cultural context behind it. At the end of the course, you will have the exciting chance of performing everything you have learned for your family and friends!
We had the amazing opportunity to play at the annual Nike Women's Half-Marathon last Sunday! It was incredible seeing thousands of women finish the 13.1 mile run with such grace and strength. Congratulations to everyone who participated in the course!
Cal Taiko is pleased to announce that our Fall 2015 tryout process will kick off on Tuesday, September 8th! On that day and the following Thursday (September 10th) we will be holding open practices, where any interested Cal students can come and learn the art of taiko drumming with us from the very beginning.
This past Saturday, we were very happy to host the second ever Tri-Collegiate Joint Practice, with fellow Northern California collegiate taiko groups Bakuhatsu Taiko Dan from UC Davis and Stanford Taiko. It was a lot of fun for us all, with each school leading a short workshop and performing for each other.
On December 6th, 2014, Generation X played at their very first ever taiko performance, the annual NSU Culture Show! The culture show is one of Cal Raijin Taiko's favorite performances each year, and it has long been team tradition for it to also serve as the new members' inaugural performance.
Cal Raijin Taiko is very pleased to announce that our Fall 2014 Tryout process will begin at 6:00PM on Tuesday, September 9th, on the steps of Upper Sproul Plaza! Everybody is welcome to come and see what it's like to be a part of UC Berkeley's performances taiko ensemble. No previous taiko experience needed! Over the four week process we will teach you all that you need to know.
Come join us for our 7th Annual Spring Showcase, Heartbeat, taking place Saturday, April 26th, at the Berkeley Community Theater! Join us in celebrating all the team has accomplished this past year, as well as a number of special guest performances, including Korean drumming team EGO, campus dance squad [M]ovement, and accomplished solo cellist Charles Wang. Please email us at <[email protected]> to pre-order tickets or with any questions!