Registration

Step-By-Step Instructions

An important goal for the Taiko Taikai is to facilitate in the participant’s journey of honing their skills and encouraging self-improvement. Unlike standard taikai where a participant simply buys a ticket and hits the stage, the Taiko Taikai requires participants to send in an audition video first, which judges will view and give feedback. The participant can use this feedback to guide their preparation until the final stage day at Taiko Taikai!

Follow these instructions to register for fun times!

Step 1: Choose your Division

We have prepared two divisions so that both casual taiko practitioners and hardcore artists can participate in a balanced environment. They will both be evaluated with the same standards, and you’re free to decide which division you’d feel more comfortable in. If you’re unsure which division to choose, please feel free to contact us!

Communal Division

This is intended for practitioners who have only recently pursued the direction of self-development of their taiko skills.

Participants of the Communal Division will perform a compulsory composition written by one of our Taiko Taikai judges!

Advanced Division

This division is intended for folks who have been pursuing taiko with the intention to push their skills to as high a level as possible. They’ve already incorporated a discipline of self-examination as part of their regular practice for years and strive for that challenge.

Participants of the Advanced Division will perform their original composition!

Step 2: Grab your tickets!

Once you’ve chosen the division which feels most suited for you, purchase your ticket for either the Community Division or Advanced Division on our Eventbrite page! (Note: Registration Tickets are NON-Refundable)

 

Bonus Content: All Registration Tickets includes free entry to the Evening Concert, and a complimentary Tournament Viewing (Audience) ticket for a friend or family member! 

Step 3: Audition Tape

After purchasing your ticket, it will be time to make and send your audition tape! The audition is necessary for two reasons. First, we have to cap the number of participants due to time constraints at the event. Secondly, we want to set you up for success! The judges will examine your audition tape and provide anonymous feedback in order to help your preparations and decide what to work towards and focus on.

Once we have your ticket confirmation, we’ll send you a welcome email which includes information required for sending in your audition tape. For example, instructions on where to set your camera,  information about judging rubric and criteria, as well as notation and kuchishoga for communal division participants.

Participants will be expected to perform their performance piece in the audition tape. This will be the compulsory piece for Community Division participants, and original compositions for the Advanced Division. 

Audition Tape must be sent in by February 1st!

Step 4: Wait!

Judges will view all videos, submit feedback and scores based on the same rubric which all participants received in the welcome email. There is only enough time for a total of 40 participants (total of Communal and Advanced), and so although we would love all registrants to compete at the Taiko Taikai, sadly we will have to tally the judges scores and choose the highest scores until we reach the limit of participants.

Finalists will be selected around February 14th!

After the finalists are selected, all registrants will be contacted and informed of the result and the judges feedback. To those who are selected as finalists (congrats in advance!), please arrange your travel plans and check with the Taiko Taikai socials (and email us), as we considering to rent a block of rooms at the Miyako hotel so all participants can party responsibly!

Step 5: Travel Plans

After the finalists are selected, all registrants will be contacted and informed of the result and the judges feedback. To those who are selected as finalists (congrats in advance!), please arrange your travel plans and check with the Taiko Taikai socials (and email us), as we considering to rent a block of rooms at the Miyako hotel so all participants can party responsibly!

While the Taikai is scheduled for May 18th, we are still in the works of preparing Taikai-related activities for May 19th! We should have the plans set before finalists are confirmed, so please consider staying both days if your schedule allows it!

See you at Taiko Taikai 2024!

If you have any questions about registration or Taiko Taikai in general, please feel free to contact us as soon as possible!