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

UnitOne & Miyake Taiko show

UnitOne collaborates for the very first time with Miyakejima Geinou Doushikai. Miyakejima Geinou Doushikai (also known as Miyake Taiko) is a group based in Tokyo, Japan, known for performing a traditional style native to the island of Miyake. They have taught this form to the renowned taiko group KODO. Witness these two top skilled groups combine Japanese and American taiko in an exciting performance!

Friday, March 9th
8:00PM - 10:00PM

Saturday, March 10th
8:00PM - 10:00PM

Isaku's Odaiko Course Starts Saturday 2/10

Course Dates: 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/17, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28
Time: Saturdays 2-4PM

If you’ve had little or no experience playing the Odaiko, this course is the perfect opportunity for you. This course will cover the basic mechanics such as grip, stance, and stroke. The course will culminate in a performance of “Agari Yatai” composed by Yoichi Watanabe of Amanojaku.

Sandbox Percussion at LATI

Sandbox Percussion at LATI
"What Steve Reich on taiko teaches us about playing together"
Sat Feb 3, 5:00-7:30pm

Members of the renowned ensemble, Sandbox Percussion, present a workshop for the taiko community! The ensemble will be performing the Steve Reich piece "Music for Pieces of Wood" and will teach us a rhythm excerpt. They'll then use that pattern to explore tips for playing together as an ensemble.

Hana Hachijo Workshop with Chieko Kojima

Workshop 2: Hana Hachijo
Date: Sun, February 4th
10:00am - 1:00pm Morning Session
1:00pm - 2:30pm Lunch Break
2:30pm - 6:00pm Afternoon Session
Fee: $150
Workshop Description
Open to those who have attended the have previously taken workshops with Chieko.
This workshop will go beyond the initial teachings of Chieko's famed style, to start finding your own "style" of drumming through Hachijo Taiko.

Asano Taiko US closed Aug 7th thru 14th

In preparation for the North American Taiko Conference, Asano Taiko U.S. will be closed from August 7th through August 14th. We are very sorry for the inconvenience.

We will be taking all of our studio drums to the Conference so if you are available to help on August 9th any time between 12pm and 9pm we would greatly appreciate your help! Please fill out this SIGN UP FORM if you can help us out! Thank you!