Hi everyone! I’m Eri Uchida from Japan. I’m very excited to travel to Europe and join Taiko Palooza!!
I am originally from Aichi Prefecture, Japan. I was deeply touched by my local taiko community where I grew up – so much so that while studying abroad in Canada during high school, I founded my own taiko group with local people. To further my studies, I moved to Sado Island to join the KODO Apprenticeship Program in 2007 and became a performing member for KODO in 2009. Since then, I have traveled all over the world performing with the troupe, directing school presentations, as well as teaching workshops. I also produced KODO’s first overseas interactive concert and Europe workshop tour with an elder member of Kodo in 2017 where I had joined the Europe Taiko Conference. In addition, I oversaw the day-to-day workings of the KODO Apprenticeship Program, helping to train and welcome new KODO member prospects.
After going to Europe workshop tour, I had realized that many Taiko players abroad are very enthusiastic to learn Taiko. That made me organize “Roots of KODO,” a program where taiko players from outside of Japan got to fully immerse and experience the KODO apprenticeship conditions on a deeper level and experience the community and the rich culture of Sado Island in 2018.
I left KODO in May 2019 in pursuit of sharing the skills and philosophies she had gained through taiko with hopes of expanding the limitless possibilities of taiko and its community. After sharing ideas about my taiko philosophy and approaches to workshops with Sydney Shiroyama, we have created the concept of TaikoIN’. (https://www.taiko-in.com/). Through TaikoIN’, I plan to share the skills and philosophies I have learned from my taiko career with hopes of expanding the possibilities of taiko and its community.
Since the pandemic started in 2020, I’ve been trying to break down everything I’ve learned as a professional player and teacher into the most basic elements. I’ve been very lucky to have the opportunity to share online to more than 200 people in 11 different countries.
The last 2 years of teaching (both online and in person) have made me realise that what I really want to do is to help taiko players discover and develop the unique abilities they already possess.
I ‘m really looking forward to share, learn and enjoy with you all!