Tawoo style coming to Swansea!

We are super excited to announce a workshop day of groovy taiko in Swansea with Ingmar Kikat and Kaori Shiozawa on Saturday 2nd November 2024. 

Ingmar and Kaori will teach the basics of the Tawoo style, which is very flowy and groovy and tribal, through the most fun piece ever – Jambo! In Jambo you will find big beats, polyrhythms and strong base rhythms that come together to give a compelling piece. 

You can take it back to your group and even if Tawoo is not your regular style, you will benefit from learning to use your body for a powerful and funky taiko.

The day will be suitable for those who are playing Taiko regularly for at least one year.

  • Date: 2nd November 2024
  • Time: 10:00-17:30 with breaks for refreshments and light lunch during the day
  • Venue: Brangwyn Hall, Guildhall Rd S, Swansea SA1 4PE 
  • Cost: £85
  • Dinner together at the end of the day
  • Food not covered by the cost above.

To register and for more details, please drop us a line at aber.taiko@gmail.com. When signing up, please indicate if you can bring one or more shime and/or Okedo with you.

Check out information on the Tawoo style and teachers:

Tawoo & GOCOO

Tawoo Dojo, a school for taiko in Tokyo and GOCOO, the professional taiko touring band were founded in 1997 and led by the charismatic Kaoly Asano. They are known for their unconventional and groundbreaking way of playing taiko, which utilises the body in a very natural way and brings out lots of groove and connection between the player and the music, as well as the individual and the group. In Europe Tawoo now has two branches, one of them being Kion Dojo in Hamburg, Germany, where Ingmar Kikat has been teaching taiko in a “Tawoo“ way since 2006. The second one is in Lisbon, where Kaori Shiozawa has been teaching Tawoo style since 2021.

Ingmar Kikat

Ingmar first started with learning classical percussion and was a member of rock bands, youth orchestras and percussion ensembles. On his first trip to Japan in 1998 he got in touch with taiko for the first time. From 2001 he began spreading taiko in northern Germany with the first taiko group from Hamburg, Tengu Daiko. After living in Japan 2004-2005 and studying with Tawoo Dojo & GOCOO in Tokyo, Ingmar founded his own school Kion Dojo in 2006. Besides teaching in Hamburg and in Germany, Ingmar has also been giving workshops in various countries in Europe, the USA and Japan. Taiko fascinated Ingmar from early on, because it is challenging on various levels and it brings people together!

Kaori Shiozawa

Kaori is from Tokyo/Japan and teaches piano, flute and taiko. She became a member of Tawoo Dojo (lead by Kaoly Asano) in 2004 and has also toured with GOCOO. After living in Brazil for 8 years and founding “Tawoo Brasil“ in São Paulo, she has now moved to Portugal and brought taiko to Lisbon, where taiko is still new and fresh.

2019 – The Year That Was

17 performances which varied from playing for the Swansea Half Marathon runners, to appearing on Welsh TV teaching Rugby players to play taiko, to the relaunch of a Japanese Garden in front of the Japanese ambassador, to rugby stadium gigs and the Chinese New Years celebration. Workshops and demonstrations in local schools and kids clubs. Our Taiko life is always fun and exciting.

Raku – carefully thought of end pose which got into the BBC feature on Swansea’s celebrations of 50 years as a city.
Under the dome of the large Glass house

All those gigs enabled us to continue studying taiko and this year we had amazing teachers: Ingmar Kikat taught us that we can dance when we drum. Kenny Endo opened our eyes to the classical aspects of taiko.

Edo Bayashi rhythms on Shime with Kenny and Chizuko Endo

Ting-Chi Li continued to guide us on the way of playing taiko in the slanted position

Naname withTing-Chi

Martin and Shonagh taught us Yatai Bayashi, polyrhythms, shime chappa and kane, and Alison Roe pushed us to be musical and brave while soloing over the mitsu uchi backbeat on one or two drums.

Yatai Rhythm with Shonagh and Martin
Fukui style with Alison Roe

And all that can only be possible thanks to the continued dedication of all of us to our weekly practice, and to our strong friendship and mutual consideration.

Weekly practice – preparation for a gig.