Save the Date: International Taiko Festival


San Francisco Taiko Dojo traditionally ends its concerts with one of its signature pieces, "Tsunami," featuring solos by its best players.

BERKELEY — Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka and San Francisco Taiko Dojo return to Berkeley to present the 43rd annual International Taiko Festival on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m.

After moving to Yerba Beuna Center for the Arts in San Francisco last year, the concert will once again take place at Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley campus.

The lineup will feature special guests from Japan, Hiroyuki Hayashida and Zi-Pang Trio plus Sacramento Taiko Dan and the San Francisco Taiko Dojo Rising Stars.

Hayashida’s forte is katsugi oke daiko, a unique taiko carried on one’s shoulder. As a pioneer of the instrument with his rare, difficult-to-master technique, he performs and holds workshops throughout Japan. And as a solo taiko player and member of the Zi-Pang Trio, Hayashida travels the world to share his special taiko talents.

San Francisco Taiko Dojo, an internationally recognized drumming performance group and school, was established by Tanaka in 1968. It was the first taiko group in North America, and Tanaka was instrumental in establishing taiko as a performing art outside of Japan.

Tickets are $42, $35 and $30. To order, call Cal Performances at (510) 642-9988 or visit For more information, visit


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