An explosion of taiko nuts on Facebook
On Monday afternoon at approximately 4:00pm I thought “hmmm… the new Facebook group features look great… maybe there should be a North American Taiko Community group.” So I hit the little create group button. It was kinda cumbersome adding friends so I only added 20 or so people to the initial group but that was enough because in just over 24hours there were over 800 members. Crazy! It was like an explosion of taiko nuts on Facebook.
On Ensemble has recently been looking for a new studio and we’ve been clearing out our storage locker and trying to find new homes for some of our equipment that we don’t use. A drummer friend of Maz and I from Mt. Shasta will be inheriting our trusty old van and Sam the director of the Yamasong short film will be taking two flight cases. We also had 4 beautiful suwari dai that Kris has built during our college years. We used them at Stanford Taiko and in the early On Ensemble years but they’ve been collecting dust for years. So I took a picture of them and posted it to the group and in 5 minutes had new eager homes for the shime stands!
I’m pretty excited about this Facebook group as a possible hub of online activity for the North American Taiko Community. The next step will be to figure out how we can turn all of this connectedness into something that will actually be useful for all those taiko nuts out there trying to start groups, make drums, write songs and even make a living with the art form. What kinds of resources might be useful? Can we actually pull our collective online energy and do something interesting? Or will it just be a welcome break from work?