Building on the success of last year’s inaugural retreat, we are excited to introduce Kaoly Asano of the Tokyo Tribal Groove Orchestra GOCOO as the artistic leader of the 2019 retreat. Check out the recap video from last year or click below to register (space is limited!). We can’t wait to see you around the campfire!
Shoji Kameda teaches his piece Worldwide Matsuri in this new course!View Course
Learn Ei Ja Nai Ka - kaDON's new course from PJ Hirabayashi!Available now!
kaDON instructors Kenny Endo, Shoji Kameda and Kaoru Watanabe are three of the taiko world's most respected artists. Kenny Endo has over 35 years of experience as one of the pioneers of the art form and was the first non-Japanese national to receive a natori (professional stage name) in hogaku hayashi. Shoji Kameda is a Grammy nominated musician and one of the taiko world's most performed composers. Kaoru Watanabe is a former artistic director of KODO and North America's leading practitioner of the shinobue.
kaDON features instructional courses focused on basic technique and exercises in a variety of playing styles. Repertoire courses feature a piece that you can learn and perform. Both kinds of courses will include downloadable play along tracks, exercises and scores to make learning as fun and as easy as possible. We’ll be adding new lessons and content regularly!
kaDON is for anyone who is interested in improving their taiko and fue skills! We’ll have courses designed for beginning level players who are new to the art form as well as courses that will challenge even the most experienced taiko players. Whether you are new to the art form or an experienced group leader kaDON will have something for you.
We want to keep the price for kaDON as simple and affordable as possible. No tiered plans with different levels of access. Just straight-forward pricing. One simple plan for everyone!
Billed $191.88 annually or $ 19.99 month-to-month.
Thank you so much for your wonderful website! ...I have spent endless hours looking for instruction on proper basic technique in English — this is the first and I think the only such opportunity, and I am very grateful for it! I'm from Wisconsin, (the “siberia” of taiko, as I think one of the speakers put it at the WTG 2014 gathering,) so it really is a fantastic resource for myself and for others in my small group. ...At an rate, I really just wanted to thank you again for the website, I am really looking forward to seeing this grow!S.J
Just want you all to know: I appreciate you three [Shoji, Kenny, Kaoru] SO MUCH for your time, energy and ingenuity in creating kaDON. Living in the boonies, it is tough to get quality instruction. No more. YAY for the taiko world that we have you three.M.H.
I signed up and enjoyed watching your basic beta technique videos. We had a great first day of class using the 5 point technique (very different then what I had learned before, but very great!) and am excited to see what all we can accomplish this year. Thanks for this great resource. I'm saving my money to one day study in person with someone (maybe even in Japan) but this is a wonderful start.A.M.
Thanks so much for the information and for the generosity kaDON offers. I really appreciate the fact that if I have questions I can ask for help. It’s exciting to feel connected to taiko beyond [my own group]. I’ve just subscribed to kaDON and can’t wait to start learning. I’ve never considered playing the fue, but I may even try that since I have the lessons right here. ...Wishing you and kaDON all the best for 2015. Subscribing to kaDON feels like an auspicious way to start my taiko playing for the coming year.K.K.
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