2008 National Conference » Speakers

Denver Taiko

Denver Taiko is an ensemble that honors their cultural heritage through the exhilarating performance art of taiko. Founded in 1976, they are the fourth oldest taiko group in North America. They have trained with and gained inspiration from both American and Japanese groups, including Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka of S.F. Taiko Dojo, Kinnara Taiko (Los Angeles), San Jose Taiko, Gojinjo Taiko (Wajima, Japan), and Kodo (Sado Island, Japan). The cast of fourteen musicians’ ranges from energetic and talented teens to accomplished veterans who have performed with Denver Taiko from the very beginning. Based out of the Tri-State Denver Buddhist Temple, the group performs for community events, educational programs, festivals and concerts in Colorado as well as in neighboring states such as Wyoming, Kansas and Nebraska. They also sponsor and teach a junior group, which consists of students ranging in age from eight to sixteen.

The July 5 performers will be Ian Berve, Jon Campbell, Azaria Eshima, Aiko Kimura, Yuji Kimura,Thomas Knight, Kari Koga, Kiyoshi Koga, Tepper Koga, Sara Morehouse, Mark Sakaguchi, Emi Shimura, and Kia Silverman.

Speaker Events

Friday, July 4

Taiko Workshop
Denver Taiko
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Location: Capitol 5 & 6, 4th Floor
Topic: Youth-Friendly

Taiko Workshop
Denver Taiko
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Location: Capitol 5 & 6, 4th Floor
Topic: Youth-Friendly

Saturday, July 5

Banquet Dinner with Keynote Speakers - U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta
Adele Arakawa, Anchor, 9News
Denver Taiko
Ernie Doizaki, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Japanese American National Museum
Daniel K. Inouye, U.S. Senator, State of Hawai'i
Akemi Kikumura Yano, President & CEO, Japanese American National Museum
Norman Mineta, Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Centennial Ballroom, 3rd Floor
Topic: General Activity