Kagemusha Taiko

creating, performing and teaching taiko in the U.K.


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Kagemusha Taiko is a performing arts / education company.

We are limited by guarantee, and registered in England & Wales, company 3823438.
Postal Address: Kagemusha Taiko, 9 Seale Hayne, Newton Abbot, TQ12 6NQ

Since the creation of Kagemusha Taiko Company more than 20 years ago, we have engaged in a broad range of taiko projects, local, national, and international. In common with all arts-education companies, the Coronavirus pandemic of 2020-2021 hit very hard. We are fortunate to be re-emerging in good health, and are taking the opportunity to renew our focus on taiko local to us in the South West of England, and based at our Taiko Centre at Seale Hayne.

As part of this strengthened focus, we have created a new project called Taiko South West and to avoid confusion with the broader work of Kagemusha Taiko, we have created a new Taiko South West identity to go with it. The result of this is that all our taiko classes, courses and workshops are now under the Taiko South West umbrella, as are school workshops and performances by Tano Taiko, our adult community group.

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Kagemusha Taiko: Our Vision – a taiko group in every town, and a group in every school.

We believe, and our experience shows that taiko training and performance can have a beneficial effect on people’s lives – not least because it is so enjoyable. In our view, it’s the more the better when it comes to numbers of taiko players and taiko groups. We are delighted to play our part in helping others to start learning and to create and develop their own groups and schools.

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Our Mission – to enrich people’s lives through the experience of taiko drumming, whether as participant, performer or audience member.

We create, perform and teach exciting, original repertoire, forging a new style of taiko here in the U.K.  Through our extensive training programmes for young people and adults, we seek to provide everyone with an opportunity to learn and perform taiko in a way that is appropriate for them.
We will help give taiko a national presence in the U.K. while seeking to improve understanding between cultures through international artistic collaboration.

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Our Values:

  • Everything we do is based on four principles: attitude, technique, kata and ki.
  • We proceed on a basis of openness and uncompromising integrity, respecting ourselves and each other and behaving in a manner consistent with our taiko principles.
  • We believe, and our experience shows, that taiko training and performance can have a beneficial effect on people’s lives. We continually work for positive outcomes.
  • We seek to understand and teach the history and traditions of taiko, while building our own tradition here in the UK.
  • Taiko is diverse and heterogeneous. It is creative, not defined, prescribed or limited by any authority.
  • We strive for excellence. Equally, we believe that taiko is accessible and we endeavour to include everyone.

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