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.


Sunday 24th September. We opened registration at 10am, and 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.

Lucy has just emailed everyone personally to confirm their delegate places. She has sent an email to the address used when the PayPal payment was made. If you made the PayPal payment and have not received an email, please let us know.

Delegates will receive email notification of their assigned workshop leaders in early October. Information about accommodation will also be released next month. Please do not approach the Sunderhof about accommodation – they will be unable to help you.

If you have any questions, please let us know. We will respond as quickly as we can.

While it’s sad that lots of people have not been able to book delegate places, we are delighted that so many people were excited about 3rd European Taiko Conference and wanted to join in. We look forward to seeing all the delegates in Hamburg next February.

What is on offer at ETC3?

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.

Katsuji Kondo

KATSUJI KONDO is highly-regarded around the world as a taiko performer, composer, producer and teacher. He was a founder-member of KODO, for 12 years playing a leading role with the group and also heading the KODO apprentice centre. He left in 1993 to pursue a solo career as solo artist and teacher, leading his own group and collaborating with jazz musicians and dance companies in projects taking him to Europe and all over Japan. Today, Katsuji works as the lead instructor at Miyamoto Unosuke’s Hibikus Yokohama, while maintaining a strong interest in teaching in schools. In 2015, the school group he teaches in Tokyo won the All Japan High School Taiko Contest.

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.

Can I come to ETC if I’m not a delegate?

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.

Observer places were available at ETC2, but at the moment it is not certain that we will be able to offer them at ETC3. If observer places do become available, they will be exclusively for people who have been to either ETC1 or ETC2.


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.