Jiten Daiko is a young Bay Area Japanese Taiko ensemble. With deep respect for the taiko art form, we strive for artistic excellence in creating an exhilarating musical experience for our audiences. We ground our practice in hard work, collaboration, and a fusion of innovation and tradition. As we continue to grow under our unique training system, and draw from both Japanese and American influences, our group aspires to bring a youthful and energizing sound to the stage. Our name Jiten, or "self-powered", is inspired by our core value of consistently supporting each other in order to innovate faster and grow our collective energy.
Our Mission Statements
Stress Relief, Fun and Joy
How does Jiten contribute to the mental and emotional well being of all members? Jiten Daiko helps members to have fun/relieve stress by releasing endorphins via physical activities, and by providing social opportunities outside of practice.
Safe space to express your self
How does Jiten create safe space to allow individuals to express themselves? Through sensitive, consistent, multi-directional communication, and through creative experimentation, Jiten Daiko fosters an environment that encourages individuals to express their opinions with the expectation that they will be heard and respected in all situations.
How do we maintain horizontal politics? We maintain horizontal politics thru transparent communication, by sharing responsibilities, and by prioritizing group over ego.
Why do we maintain horizontal politics? We maintain horizontal politics so that each member is empowered to make decisions and take actions that are in the best interest of the group.
Connecting and Building Community
Taiko Community: We cultivate taiko community in the bay area thru active organizing, collaborative events, and by supporting other taiko artists.
Local Community: We honor the history of taiko as a tool for empowerment in marginalized communities through specific workshops and performances, and through community engagement
Exploration and Experimentation
How do we explore and experiment? By fostering an open mind in all of our members, by challenging conventions, and by encouraging members to bring their full self to the creative process
Why do explore and experiment? In order to discover authentic expressions of self and in order to bring new ideas to the taiko community