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New York Taiko Aiko Kai (NYTAK)

(New York Osuwa Taiko Association; 
Teachers College Taiko Society of Columbia University)

Instrument/Discipline: Taiko
School (流): Osuwa Taiko (Okaya-city, Nagano, Japan) 長野県岡谷市在御諏訪太鼓

Home Address: c/o  Kyoko Toyama-Baruah, Ph.D., Director of New York Taiko Aiko Kai, バルア遠山京子
Home Phone: 212-749-2635
Cell Phone: 646-245-9481

Email 1: kmtoyama@aol.com
Email 2: kmt2006@columbia.edu
Website: nytak.blogspot.com

Do you teach? Yes                               

Do you perform? Yes

Additional information:

New York Taiko Aiko Kai is one of the taiko groups in residence as part of the Teachers College Taiko Society at Columbia University. It began in 2002 when a few families at an Upper West Side public school began practicing Taiko with the hope of passing on Japanese culture to their children. The group has always been family oriented, but many adults have also joined over the years. Hiro Kurashima, Osuwa Daiko Shihan, who was certified by the late Grandmaster Daihachi Oguchi, was the founding teacher, and he continues to teach and perform with the group regularly. NYTAK has performed at various places including the Sakura Matsuri at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Japan Heritage Day at the Staten Island Yankees, Japan Day in Central Park and at public and private schools in New York.


Practice Time & Place:

Every Sunday 
11:00 to 12:00 pm Basic Skills 
12:00 to 1:30 pm Adults 
1:30 to 2:30 pm Jam session 
2:30 to 4:00 pm Youth & children above age 9 

Horace Mann Hall, Room 512 
at Teachers College, 
Columbia University