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.

Los Angeles Taiko Institute/Asano Taiko U.S. location:
20909 S. Western Ave.
Torrance, CA 90501

COVID-19 Situation Updated

We're all in this together.

We hope everyone is in good health and staying well at this stressful time. As it continues to remain unclear when operations can be resumed, we are paying close attention to the situation in the state of California and the city of Torrance. Although the stay-at-home orders are set to expire on 4/19, we still do not know the exact details. Once we receive permission to resume operations and we determine when classes will resume, we will follow up and notify you about the resumption of classes.


To the Asano Taiko U.S. & Los Angeles Taiko Institute Family,

As I am sure everyone is aware, we are currently experiencing a public concern regarding the COVID-19. Asano Taiko U.S. has decided to cancel all classes and studio rentals and close the store starting Monday, March 16, 2020 until Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

If you are currently taking a course at LATI, you can opt for:
-a refund
-credit for future classes
-a donation to Asano Taiko U.S.
Please email your instructor(s) and let us know which option you prefer

Isaku's Class Schedule Changes

Due to COVID-19 concerns, LATI will be closed from March 16-31. If you are currently taking a course at LATI, you can opt for a refund, credit for future classes, or a donation to ATUS.

Please let me know how you would like to proceed:

FRI March 13 6-7:45PM Naname Fundamentals - As Scheduled
SAT March 14 Noon-1:45PM Drum Covers! - As Scheduled
SAT March 14 2-3:45PM Int/Adv Odaiko - As Scheduled
SUN March 15 1-2:45PM Mind and Body Workout - As Scheduled

Arugakki (Kris) at Grand Annex June 8!

My 2019 home concert is June 8 at Grand Annex and I'm excited! In addition to improvements to pieces like Suga 3 and the mochi-pounding music, we'll be performing...

- a new piece for "kawatsura" (shime head) and brushes, with electronics
- a new naname piece I wrote at my Albuquerque choreography residency
- a new dance piece by Minh Nguyen to music I wrote on Amtrak

Please come!

2019 LATI Camping Trip!

We are excited to announce that we will be having our very first LATI CAMPING TRIP!
Click the link here to get all the info regarding the trip:

Camp Information:
Oso Group Campground
San Bernardino National Forest

Dates: Fri, June 28th ~ Sun, June 30th
Price: $60 for adults & $30 for children under 10
(price includes: campground fees, Fri dinner, Sat breakfast, Sat lunch, Sat dinner, & Sun breakfast)