Region: Vancouver Island BC Victoria BC
Formed July 2002
Founding MembersJacob Derksen, Brad Lewis, Margie Parikh, Val Watanabe, Deb Shepherd
Current MembersTsugio Kurushima, Susan Kurushima, Teruyo Sano, Gayle Nye, Ken Murata, Mark Holzer, Cadence Mandybura, Douglas James
Uminari Taiko is Vancouver Island's first taiko drumming ensemble. Its mission is to share and promote the art of Japanese taiko drumming through teaching and performances.
Uminari is a Japanese word that can be translated as “roaring sea” – the sound of the crashing waves and the silence in between. It is a name that captures equally the essence of taiko and of our windy, wave-swept island.
Since its founding in 2002, Uminari Taiko has performed at numerous schools, festivals and holiday events both public and private functions, in Victoria and around Vancouver Island.
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