Mu Performing Arts gathers together world-class talent for Minnesota’s First Taiko Festival

The festival culminates with a Mu Daiko 20th Anniversary Concert celebration.

Mu Performing Arts celebrates Mu Daiko’s 20th anniversary by gathering some of the best taiko talent from Minnesota, the United States, Canada, and Japan to give audiences the opportunity to experience the impact, depth, and diversity of taiko performance as a dynamic musical art form and a cultural heritage that originates from Japan and is practiced around the world.

“This Minnesota Taiko Festival is a dream come true for me. I want to show Minnesota the best of what taiko has to offer. We are bringing together my favorite taiko people in the world, traveling near and far, to help us celebrate 20 years, and launch us into 20 more.” — Jennifer Weir, Mu Daiko Artistic Director

The festival opens with — and repeats as an encore closing event — a concert on the Guthrie’s McGuire Proscenium stage featuring Mu Daiko and spotlighting guest artists. The concert celebrates two decades of Mu Daiko with an all-star guest list, featuring a playlist of Mu Daiko favorites, new compositions, and a commission by Michelle Fujii.


Friday and Saturday • April 28–29 • 7 p.m.

Concert venue: Guthrie Theater • 818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Concert dates and time: April 28 and 29, 7 p.m. each night.

Concert tickets and prices: $60 VIP tickets (limited quantity) include pre-show reception and preferred seating.* $40 Adult tickets (general admission). $20 Student tickets (general admission). For tickets and information, please visit online: www.muperformingarts.org or call 651-789-1012.

*VIP Tickets are all sold out.

Celebrate 20 years of Mu Daiko with an all-star list of guest artists, featuring Mu Daiko favorites, new compositions, and a commission by Michelle Fujii of UNIT SOUZOU.

Guest artists include:

ensemble-MA (Greater Twin Cities, Minnesota)

Michelle Fujii and Toru Watanabe of UNIT SOUZOU (Portland, OR)

Naomi Guilbert and Hiroshi Koshiyama of Fubuki Daiko (Winnipeg, MB, Canada)

Shoji Kameda of On Ensemble (Los Angeles, CA)

Yuichi Kimura of Daichi No Kai (Kobe, Japan)

Tiffany Tamaribuchi of Sacramento Taiko Dan & Jodaiko (Sacramento, CA)


Saturday afternoon activities are free and open to the public. They include select guest artist performances and workshops designed to introduce the public to taiko basics and allow them to experience the energy, challenge, and grace of taiko drumming firsthand. Panel discussions, educational opportunities, and family activities including origami, face painting, storytelling, and a drum petting zoo will continue throughout the afternoon.

These daytime performances, mini-workshops, and family activities are all free events scheduled for Saturday, April 29 from 1–5 p.m.


McGuire Proscenium Stage
1PM Performance: Tiffany Tamaribuchi
1:30PM Workshop: Taiko Joy Bubble by Tiffany Tamaribuchi
2:30PM Workshop: Taiko 101 by Fubuki Daiko
3:30PM Performance: Yuichi Kimura of Daichi no Kai
4:00PM Workshop: Taiko Rhythms by Shoji Kameda

Dowling Studio
1:30PM Performance: Fubuki Daiko
2:15PM Performance: Unit Souzou
3:00PM Performance: ensemble-MA
4:00PM Panel: Women in Taiko

Family Activities – 8th Floor Classrooms
Face Painting / 
 / Storytelling / 
“Instrument Petting Zoo”

Festival venue: Guthrie Theater • 818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415


Master Class Workshops — Sunday, April 30th
Join us for a full day of Taiko! Sign up for individual workshops or join us for the whole day. Mu Performing Arts taiko students who have successfully completed the Introductory Class may attend these workshops.

9:00am-10:30am – Tiffany Tamaribuchi, Form and Spirit
10:30am-12:00pm – Shoji Kameda
12:00pm – 12:30pm – Lunch
12:30pm-2:00pm – Yuichi Kimura
2:00pm-3:30pm – Michelle Fujii & Toru Watanabe, Uchiwa Movement
$40 per workshop or $100 for the entire day

Four Master Class Workshops held at the Mu Taiko Studio facility at 2700 Winter Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55443. The musician instructors include Tiffany Tamaribuchi, Michelle Fujii and Toru Watanabe, Shoji Kameda, and Yuichi Kimora. *Previous experience recommended.

For registration and information, please visit online: Taiko Master Class Workshops