welcome to the kaminari uk website
Kaminari UK is a Japanese style drumming ensemble based in Yorkshire. We regularly
play at various events from small private gigs to larger festivals and everything in
between. We also do workshops for both adults and children, and have a lot of experience
running workshops in schools.
Our performances are both energetic and dynamic, incorporating traditional Japanese
rhythms alongside contemporary pieces composed by our group. The aim of the group is to help
promote taiko drumming as a performing art and make the Taiko experience accessible
The video opposite, is of our performance at the 11th UK Taiko Festival in Exeter, 2015.
It includes 'Oro Oro' (all shook up) written by the group and inspired by Jazz beats, and
Taiko in Yorkshire - 10 years celebration weekend.
From the very first workshop with Liz Walters of Tamashii Daiko, 10 years ago, Taiko has gradually gained momentum in Yorkshire. Starting with the formation of Kaminari and continuing with groups from the Tengu School of Taiko and Yodaiko.
Liz Walters will be returning on 21st - 22nd October to run a weekend of workshops for both beginners and experienced alike. A performance from Liz, Kaminari and the local groups on the Saturday evening will be a highlight of the weekend. For full details click HERE
New Taiko courses in York and Malton start soon!
For full details, go to the courses page HERE
TAIKO WORKSHOP DAY on Sunday 6th August, near York.
Tengu School of Taiko and Kaminari Taiko have put together another fantastic day of Taiko drumming,
packed full of new skills to learn, lots of fun to be had, and lots of great food to share!
Don't delay in booking your place, as space is limited, and demand is high!
Full workshop details HERE
Performance details for May and June
Check out the performance dates page HERE, for gigs in Malton, Sheffield, Newcastle and Exeter.
Back at the Milton Rooms in Malton in 2016 by popular demand!
Kaminari proudly presents their new show, featuring new pieces and firm favorites to thrill and excite!
Taking inspiration from Japanese culture and entertainment, we have created a unique blend of traditional and contemporary music, using energetic martial arts-like movements, complex rhythms, theatre and big thunderous drums!
There is also a beginners workshop at the Milton Rooms earlier on the same day, for anyone who would like to have a go!
Full info HERE.
Kaminari performing the new 'Matsuri' show at The Great Yorkshire Fringe 2016!
We will be performing our new revised 'Matsuri' show in the Turn Pot temporary venue on Parliament St, in the centre of York on Saturday 23rd July at 4pm, and Sunday 24th July at 7pm.
Full details and booking is on the Fringe website at:
Don't miss it!
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New Koto CD 'Kisetsu' from Michael Graham
Michael has collaborated with Kaminari for a few years now, playing koto and shamisen, and is a valued addition to our shows. He has recently brought out a new CD with beautiful koto pieces to reflect the changing seasons of the year.
You can find out more about Michael, and purchace his CD 'Kisetsu' at:
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