Kaminari UK Taiko Drummers are a Japanese style drumming ensemble based in Yorkshire. We regularly perform at various events from small private gigs to larger festivals, and ranging right through to full theatre shows. Our performances are energetic, exciting, dynamic and have theatrical and dance elements which make the shows as much visual as they are musical. Our main influence is from Japanese culture, folklore and festivals, but we are also inspired by other musical styles which results in our shows incorporating traditional Japanese rhythms alongside contemporary pieces composed by our group. We aim to promote Taiko drumming as a performing art and provide a professional entertaining show for all to enjoy.
Goodbye to some Kaminari members and welcome to some new members
We are sad to announce the departure of long term members Jared Hardwick and Anna Plews. Jared and Anna both made a big contribution to the group but have moved on to concentrate on building both the teaching side of things with Tengu School of Taiko and their new performing group 'Tengu Taiko Drummers'. You will be able to continue following them via the Tengu website and Facebook page.
We are happy to officially welcome both Sarah Tilston and John Hughes to the group. Both Sarah and John joined Kaminari in the latter half of last year. They have settled in well and are already performing with us.
Kaminari theatre show 'Journey' confirmed for Cheshire performance
We are excited to announce that we will be performing our theatre show 'Journey' on Saturday 1st December 2018 at a fantastic venue, Claremount Rd Methodist Church in Wallasey, Wirral. We will also be joined by Micheal Graham playing Japanese stringed instruments 'koto' and 'shamisen'. Full details for the show are on our performance page.
The show will be followed the next day with a workshop at the same venue for those who would like to try their hand at Taiko drumming! (see post below)
Upcoming workshops in Yorkshire and Cheshire
Tengu School of Taiko are running some workshops for beginners and improvers in the next few months: - Saturday 10th November 2018 - Pocklington Arts Centre, York, - Sunday 2nd December 2018 - Claremount Rd Methodist Church in Wallasey, Wirral - Sunday 27th January 2019 - Helmsley Arts Centre, York.
We have been booked again for a show at The Great Yorkshire Fringe on Saturday 28th July at 3pm. Full details on our performance page. Last time we played at the Fringe, our show was almost a sellout, so don't miss out and get your tickets early! Tickets are on sale now on the GYF website at: greatyorkshirefringe.ticketsolve.com/shows/873587631
Forthcoming performances announced for 2018
We already have a list of performances booked for 2018, and new dates are being added frequently. Find out where we will be on our 'Performance' page HERE
TV interview for That's York channel (8th Jan 2018)
We were excited today about having a TV interview for 'That's York TV', followed by a radio interview with York based 'Two Rivers Radio'. Both covered our upcoming shows and highlighted our now urgent need for a new place to practice. <<< Here's the TV interview.
Double page feature in the York Press (5th Jan 2018)
We have a fantastic double page feature article in the York Press today to promote our upcoming theatre show! The article can be seen online by clicking HERE.