Taiko Tales


Eileen Morgan’s program explores the fascinating culture of Japan and the Far East through exciting performances and an interactive lecture that showcases the mesmerizing Taiko drum, beautiful bamboo wind instruments and the unique percussion instruments of Japan, China, Korea and Vietnam. Imagine your story through exploring these instruments. This program demonstrates and encourages the audience to find the joy of Taiko drumming, the focus and drive needed for success and the importance of teamwork and community to succeed in group drumming. Joy, focus and teamwork are important life skills and Taiko drumming helps children and adults recognize and develop these skills. Also included in the presentation is the geography and science of even more percussion and wind instruments; where they are from, how the use of native resources affects how they are made and played, how these instruments overlap with those of other cultures. Using leading questions and audience participation to facilitate further involvement in the learning process, the audience is encouraged to predict how instruments are played and analyze the result or their predictions. Children and adults alike are fascinated by other cultures; their similarities, their differences and what we can learn from each other. Music creates community as well as encourages cultural diversity. Introducing these unique instruments to children and adults provides a wonderful opportunity to explore, identify, understand and ultimately create a link between the peoples of the world. “Taiko Tales” incorporates demonstration, lecture, audience participation and hands on with instruments that further encourages the audience to learn more about the culture, society and science of these unique instruments.

Additional Information

Contact Person

Eileen Morgan

Email Address


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2125 W. Augusta Avenue





Program Type

Taiko Tales is an interactive, participatory show that encourages deductive reasoning and creative thinking. Introduction to unusual instruments fosters curiosity and questions that lead to answers and music! History, culture and science are included in t

Single Performance Fee

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Residency Fee

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Travel Range

Willing to perform in the following counties:

  • Apache
  • Cochise
  • Coconino
  • Gila
  • Graham
  • Greenlee
  • La
  • Paz
  • Maricopa
  • Mohave
  • Navajo
  • Pima
  • Pinal
  • Santa
  • Cruz
  • Yavapai
  • Yuma

Willing to work with libraries?


Willing to work with schools?


Library References

Kathleen McKeever, Director of Academic Support Programs, Washington Elementary School District,
602-347-3504, kathleen.mckeever@wesdschools.org
Melanie Van Wagner, After School Program Coordinator, Washington Elementary School District
602-347-2833, melanie.vanwagner@wesdschools.org
Wendy Resnik, Children and Teen Services Coordinator, Phoenix Public Library
602-534-2021, wendy.resnik@phoenix.gov

Arizona Commission on the Arts Roster Artist?


Fingerprint Clearance ID Available?


Offers a Virtual Performance Option?


Virtual Performance Description

Dynamic performances and interactive elements of a live show are included in the virtual performance. Question and answer, experimentation, problem solving and playing music are integral to this exciting program.

Viewing Limits/Parameters

Google Meets link provided, does not require registration, more real time interaction capable. Unlimited attendance. Viewers have option to interact through video and audio attendance.
Facebook Live is optional for straight ahead performance (too much lag time for interaction). Must “like” Fushicho Daiko Dojo facebook page to receive link.
Zoom is not an option because the platform blocks non verbal sounds (like musical instruments)

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Virtual Performance Technical Needs

Live performance needs:
Open space, 15′ x 20′ to set up drums and equipment. One table 6-8′. Microphone only if more than 100 attendees expected. One parking space conveniently located. Easy access to performance space for unloading and set up.
Virtual performance needs:
Please advertise and post link to virtual performance when booked and schedule so as many people as possible can participate and benefit from the event.

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