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A spring filled with taiko!

Published on March 11, 2015, in Performances.

The weather is warming up here in the nation’s capital and the spring rains are starting to melt our piles of snow. In DC, spring means cherry blossoms, and cherry blossoms mean lots of chances to experience taiko!

Those with little ones won’t want to miss Blossom’s Rainbow, a theatrical experience created for children ages 2-5 with original music composed and performed by Mark H. See the show now through the end of March at The Athenaeum in Alexandria, with more performances at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in early April as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. All the details are on Mark’s calendar.



If you haven’t yet seen “Reaction,” Mark H’s exciting collaboration with UpRooted Dance (or if you HAVE experienced its awesomeness and want to do so again!), don’t miss their performance at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage: 6:00 pm on Thursday, April 9. The performance will also feature Kristen Koyama’s “Waiting for Spring.”



To round out Cherry Blossom season, Kizuna and Miyako Taiko will be performing at the Sakura Matsuri on Saturday, April 11 @5:30pm at the Pennsylvania Ave. stage, and the Mark H Taiko School will be hosting its 3rd Annual Sakura Taiko Fest at UMD College Park @2:30pm on April 18!

It’s going to be a great spring!



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A Unique Martin Luther King Day Celebration

Published on January 12, 2015, in Performances.

You are invited to a special celebration of Martin Luther King Day!

On Monday, January 19, Mark H and Kristen Koyama are teaming up with members of Opera UnMet and Roxbury Repertory Theater for “The Ties that Bind,” a musical celebration of Martin Luther King Day. This year’s performance features excerpts from Sam Cornish’s poetry collection, An Apron Full of Beans, which incorporates and responds to Africa-American voices in history, music, literature, and pop culture.

If you’re in the Boston area, we hope you can join us for this memorable evening. The performance will take place at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Lexington and begins at 5pm on Monday, January 19. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

The Ties that Bind 2014

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Happy 2015 from Mark H Taiko!

Published on January 2, 2015, in Uncategorized.

It’s a new year, which means there are all new taiko opportunities on the horizon! Mark H has lots of exciting stuff coming up in 2015, including:

To be sure you don’t miss out on any of the fun and excitement, be sure to follow Mark H Taiko on Facebook and Twitter!

We hope that you and yours have a healthy, happy, and taiko-filled 2015!

Mark H with okedo

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Way of the Dragon: Oct 24, 7:30 p.m.

Published on October 9, 2014, in Performances.

Have you bought your tickets for the Way of the Dragon concert yet?

Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to see award-winning taiko artist Ryo Shimamoto performing with Kizuna, DC’s own contemporary taiko trio!

WHEN: Friday: Oct. 24th, 7:30 pm
WHERE: Takoma Park Community Center
7500 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, MD
TICKETS: $20 advance, $25 at the door;
Children/Students with ID: $15 advance, $20 at the door
CONTACT: (301) 960-3655 •

Here’s a quick taste of what you’ll be missing if you don’t buy your Way of the Dragon tickets soon:

Read more about the concert or buy your tickets here.

Read more about Ryo’s workshop tour this month.

Riyo Shimamoto 2014 USA Taiko Tour flyer

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Next Introductory Taiko Workshop: Oct 5

Published on September 22, 2014, in Workshops.

Join Mark H for his next Introductory Taiko Workshop!

Want to take one of Ryo Shimamoto’s workshops this fall, but don’t have any taiko experience yet? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! There’s still time to register for Mark H’s next Intro Workshop and his Fall Recreational Taiko Class. Students in that class are able (and encouraged!) to sign up for Ryo’s workshops coming up October 21 – 26.

WHEN: Sunday, October 5, 5:00-8:00 pm
WHERE: Dance Exchange, 7117 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, MD
FEE: $50 per person

Introductory Taiko Workshop
Taiko is a dynamic art form based on traditional Japanese drumming practiced all over the world. This workshop is designed to introduce the basics of taiko technique, practice of kumidaiko (ensemble drumming), awareness of ki (energy), use of koe (voice), history and philosophy — all while having a good time!

No experience necessary, but come ready for a workout! This introductory taiko workshop is for ages 13 & up. Drums are provided.

This workshop (or previous taiko experience) is a prerequisite for Mark’s ongoing classes. The next class series begins October 12, so this is a perfect time to begin your taiko journey!

Contact the House of Musical Traditions to register at or 301-270-9090. Or you can download our registration form and either email, fax or mail  (contact info is on the form). Register early — workshops can often fill up!

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