3rd ETC 2018

3rd European Taiko Conference

Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th February 2018, Hamburg, Germany

Conference Director: Jonathan Kirby
Conference Manager: Lucy Thomas
Hosted by: Kion Dojo, Tama Daiko, Tengu Daiko, Yo Bachi Daiko
Sponsored by kaDON / Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten
For general information about the European Taiko Conference, please see the homepage.


ETC3 will take place at the Sunderhof, just outside Hamburg, in Germany. Travel there is reasonably simple. From Hamburg Hauptbahnhof / Hamburg Central Station, there’s a 20-minute train ride to a nearby station from where there will be a shuttle service to the Sunderhof itself.
Delegates who are arriving by train and who wish to use the shuttle service, which is kindly run by local volunteers, must let us know in advance. If you arrive at the station unannounced,
we may not be able to provide you with transport.


We opened registration at 10am on Sunday 24th September. All the delegate places for ETC3 had been sold by 11:15am. If you did not succeed in booking a delegate place and would like to go on the waiting list (in case of cancellations), please email: info@eurotaiko.org
If you have booked a delegate place and unfortunately need to cancel it before ETC3, please let us know as soon as you can. Please note that you cannot give your place to someone else of your choosing – your cancelled place will be awarded to the person at the top of the waiting list. When that person pays, your fee will be refunded, minus a 30 Euro administrative charge. The order of the waiting list is determined strictly by the date/time that we receive requests to go on it.


The Conference begins on Thursday evening with a welcome dinner and evening reception. It closes at lunchtime on Sunday.
We are delighted to announce the following as workshop leaders:

Kaoly Asano

KAOLY ASANO is based in Tokyo. She founded her group GOCOO and her school, known as TAWOO Taiko Dojo in 1997. GOCOO are known for their unique style, sometimes referred to as “groove taiko” or “tribal taiko”, breaking away from more traditional forms of taiko drumming. They are the first group to perform at a wide range of music festivals around the world, Sziget Festival, Montreux and Womad to name but a few. GOCOO have toured in Europe every year since 2003.

Masato Baba

MASATO BABA was born into a musical family and started playing taiko at age 6 under the tutelage of his parents and professional taiko players, Russel Baba and Jeanne Mercer of Shasta Taiko. After graduation of high school, Maz went to Hawaii to study taiko under taiko master, Kenny Endo and then to Japan to further his studies. In his thirty-three years of studying, performing, and teaching, Maz has become one of the most respected taiko players in North America. He currently serves as artistic director for TAIKOPROJECT and performs regularly with taiko-fusion group, On Ensemble.

Shoji Kameda

SHOJI KAMEDA is a Grammy nominated musician, composer and producer. He started playing taiko at the age of 8 and has played continuously since. Collaborations with international artists have taken Shoji to Bali, Malaysia, French Guiana, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia, Thailand and the Philippines.
Shoji is a founding member of On Ensemble and the group’s primary creative force. In 2013 On Ensemble was invited to perform at the National Theater of Japan for their prestigious “Nihon no Taiko” series.

Eiichi Saito

EIICHI SAITO joined Kodo in 1982. Since then, he has been a featured performer on domestic and international tours, as well as in recordings and collaborations with artists of varying genres. For over three decades, he has captivated and invigorated audiences worldwide with his energetic performances. In addition to his stage activities, Saito shares his passion for creative exchange by leading workshops that convey the power of taiko through self-discovery. Also for many years, he has been one of the instructors for Kodo Apprentice Centre, and teaches the basics of a professional taiko player to the apprentices that gathers from all over Japan and the world. We could even say that the performance basics of most current performers on Kodo, have been trained by Saito.

Eiichi Saito has kindly stepped in at the last minute to replace Katsuji Kondo, who is unable to participate.

DELEGATES will have 2 x 2 hour workshops with 2 of these workshop leaders. In other words, you might have 2 x 2 hour workshops with Workshop Leader #1 and 2 x 2 hour workshops with Workshop Leader #3. PLEASE NOTE: We will ask you to give an order of preference when you book, but we cannot guarantee that you will get both of your top two choices – each workshop leader can only accept 2 x 20 delegates.

Each workshop leader will teach a short piece of repertoire – the same piece of repertoire to each group. On Sunday morning, everyone will perform this newly-learned repertoire and there will be the opportunity to video it at that time. The idea is that everyone will have two new taiko songs to take back to their group.

In addition to workshops, there will be discussion groups, plenary sessions, early-morning taiko drills, informal performances, and socialising in the basement bars (and bowling alley!) as well as the opportunity to relax and talk in other parts of the Sunderhof.


The option to help as a volunteer option is only available to members of the 4 local groups. A limited number of volunteers are needed and will be coordinated by Ingmar Kikat of Kion Dojo and Lucy Thomas.


Before you contact us to ask questions, please be sure that you have read this page carefully, and also the European Taiko Conference homepage. Thank you!

See also: European Taiko Conference Homepage; 1st European Taiko Conference; 2nd European Taiko Conference.