Founded in 1984 and affiliated with the Twin Cities Buddhist Association, we take the name "Kogen" Taiko from a Buddhist Sutra, which means, "Light emanating from Buddha's Face." It is a reminder of the wisdom and compassion of all Buddhas.
In practice and performance we emphasize openness, sharing and participation. This is the cornerstone of Kogen Taiko's form, style and spirit and reflects Jodo Shinshu Buddhism's emphasis on living deeply rather than striving for perfection.
By sharing the spirit and energy of taiko with others, Kogen Taiko is able to express the harmony of the players, the taiko, and the listener. We maintain a link to taiko’s
origins hundreds of years ago, as a Buddhist musical accompaniment. And
in the modern tradition of "kumidaiko" (group drumming), we blend
this traditional Japanese style of drumming with American multi-ethnic
rhythms into music that is truly Japanese American. In performance we
are delighted to share these origins and influences with our audiences
through stories, interactive participation, and the energy of our music.
Currently the group’s members are Kimi Aisawa-Romportl, Pam Dagoberg, Victor Ohno, Brian Tsuchiya, Cheral Tsuchiya, Connie Tsuchiya, Todd Tsuchiya, Charissa Uemura, and Al Zdrazil.