LATI Introduction

The Los Angeles Taiko Institute (LATI) is a dedicated taiko (Japanese drumming) school in Torrance, CA offering 12-week courses, drop-in classes, multi-day intensives, and one-time workshops on a variety of taiko topics.

The "Learn-Taiko!" link above provides the full list of classes at the Institute!

LATI is housed at Asano Taiko U.S. a full-service taiko maker offering exquisite Japanese drums and accessories, as well as on-site taiko repair and reskinning.

A parting message from coach Jason

Dear Students of LATI,

A couple of weeks ago I decided to stop teaching at LATI. It was a really hard but important decision for me to make. I’m definitely going to miss the taiko but more than that I’m going to miss all of you weirdos.

I wanted to reminisce and share a few stories from my time at LATI, talk a little about my decision to quit, and share some advice for all of you (since I won’t be around to tell you what to do anymore).

Isaku Kageyama 8-Week Odaiko Course!

Isaku Kageyama 8-Week Odaiko Course!

The 8-Week Odaiko Course will cover:

1. Fundamental Odaiko technique for dynamic form and solid sound
2. Ensemble performance techniques for executing pieces in common contemporary taiko settings
3. Improvisational techniques for flexibility and musical expression.

Participants will learn two pieces - “Agari Yatai” by Yoichi Watanabe, and “Rhythm of Your Soul” by Isaku Kageyama. Participants can expect to gain a deeper understanding of both fundamental and applied Odaiko techniques.

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