Seattle Kokon Taiko
Seattle Kokon Taiko is a performing group based in the local Seattle Japanese American community. SKT traces its roots to the Seattle Taiko Group, which formed in April 1980 following a dynamic performance by Ondekoza at the Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival. In 1987, three members left STG to form Kokon Taiko Ensemble and focus on smaller, more musical performance pieces. In 1992, these two groups merged to form Seattle Kokon Taiko.
The group’s influences include: Seiichi Tanaka and San Francisco Taiko Dojo, San Jose Taiko, Kinnara Taiko, and Katari Taiko. Later influences include Uzume Taiko, Kenny Endo and Kodo. Over the years, they have performed at schools, arts festivals, street fairs, community programs, corporate events and in concert throughout Washington and Oregon. They are currently based out of the International District of Seattle.
Seattle Kokon Taiko was part of Jack Straw’s Traditional Artist Support Program.
Artist Support Program 1996: Recorded their album Quiet No More