Kokyo Taiko is currently headed by Miriam Solon. We meet on Friday evenings at 7 pm. For upcoming performances and events, visit the Kokyo Taiko Facebook page here. The website for the group is here. You can also contact Miriam at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. There is also a special children’s taiko class that meets on some Sundays. Contact Miriam for more information.
Kokyo Taiko was formed at BTC in September, 1987. The name Kokyo means “Echo of the Lake.” The group’s first teacher was Roxane Tono, who studied Taiko with and is an honorary member of Okaya Taiko in Japan. Her basic philosophy regarding Taiko was “Do the best you can, reach beyond what you think you can do and, most importantly, have fun while doing it”. The “one mind-no mind” style instilled in the original members by Roxane continues to be a goal for the current group.
Kokyo Taiko is neither strictly Japanese Taiko nor American drumming but the product of the collective and collaborative efforts of its individual members working together and drawing upon their Japanese and American traditions. Kokyo Taiko performs not only in the metropolitan Chicagoland area, but also in neighboring states throughout the year for various ethnic organizations, city sponsored cultural events and other organizational activities. Kokyo Taiko has been pleased to perform at Japanese Cultural Day at Detroit Tiger Stadium, Asian Moon Festival in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, MAJC Japan Festival, Chicago Botanic Garden’s Malott Japanese Garden Summer Festival, various international day celebrations as well as at numerous private events.