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.

Groups@US! Starting January 6, 2015

Announcing "Groups @US" in collaboration with LATI instructors!
(get it? atUS? ATUS? Asano Taiko US?)

Start organizing your dream group today!

Beginning January 2015, ATUS will feature student-organized groups of all types! Like-minded taiko friends design their ideal taiko group and meet once a week with access to the full range of Asano instruments. LATI staff provide as little or as much support as needed, to make every group a success.

Suzuki Sensei is coming!

We are very excited to announce that the great musician and dancer, Suzuki Kyosuke, will be coming to the Institute! Suzuki Sensei will give a two-day intensive on lion dance, for which we'll be preparing practice shishi gashira (lion masks) for each participant. The intensive will be 12 hours of instruction and an optional dinner with our favorite lion dancer! Suzuki Sensei will also be teaching two workshops on the music that accompanies the dance, called Kotobuki Jishi.

Free Try Taiko classes start this week!

In preparation for my new term, I'll be teaching a week of free Try Taiko classes. In 60 fast-paced minutes, get a tour of the facility, learn about the school, see a demo by professional players, and try the amazing drums! RSVP appreciated.

If you're already a member of the LATI community and know someone who needs to try taiko, please pass this flyer along. Thanks to Katsuji for commissioning the new design!

Omiyage Class Student Perspective - PEAC Week and Beyond

During Yuta’s set of courses offered in the Winter, I was able to take the Omiyage Chu Part class. Throughout the 12 week course, I learned how to play the piece’s chu section from beginning to end. I encourage any intermediate to advanced taiko player to take the class, for it really improved my taiko playing in many ways.

1. Playing with a Purpose