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About Taikopalooza

What is Taikopalooza? Well it's a lot of taiko (12 hours of  workshops and a public concert to be exact), but it's a lot more.

This event was created to build friendships, strengthen community, and to share something we all love - TAIKO! And not just share it with each other, but with the entire local community.

We need everyone to make it work. It is not about who helps the most, it is about everyone doing what they can. Some people bring drums, some people teach workshops, some help to manage the event, some are group leaders and everyone helps cover the financial cost. There is a lot to be done, but working together we make something amazing happen.


March 25-27, 2016

Few know about the very first pre-cursor to Taikopalooza.... so here's the specs!

I had such an amazing time at the first ETC in Feb. 2016, that I thought "This needs to happen more often". So I invited some new friends I had made at ETC to come visit. Just over a month later we got together in Ulm and played taiko with one another for the weekend!

Each of us taught a workshop, and we had a total blast! Steven Cools dubbed it "Razz-Fest"

I'll never forget Daniel doing his ape impression over dinner at Zum Schatten (Our schnitzel restaurant!) and all of us making barnyard animal noises....


Yes... this is how Taikopalooza was born! 

A Motley Crew: Martin Doyle, Steven Cools, Micah WIlhelm, Isabel Biedma, Razz Purcell, Daniel Danso

Taikopalooza 1

Jun 3-5, 2016

Razz-Fest was so much fun that I thought "We need to do that again, and make it bigger..."

So literally a couple of weeks after Razz Fest was over, I decided to invite anyone interested to travel to Ulm for a weekend of taiko playing, sharing, socializing, and just having fun. I needed a name, so I borrowed "Palooza" from the American music festival Lollapalooza, and there you have it. Taikopalooza was born!

It was almost zero planning - just very organic and kinda crazy ;) about 35 of us came together for workshops. a concert and some great times!

Director: Razz Purcell

Workshop Leaders: Razz Purcell, Martin Doyle, Shonagh Walker, Steven Cools, Remi Clemente

Taikopalooza 2

May 19-21, 2017

Year two was much bigger... about 65 people attended! We were much more organized, and combined our concert with Ulm's International Day in city center.

Karen Young joined the team as Community Building Manager while Martin Doyle took on the job of equipment & stage manager, helping to stage an hour long concert for the city of Ulm, with 65 drummers and a 15 minute load in and load out!

We also took steps to maximize the relationship building aspect of Taikopalooza and tried to keep things relaxed and chilled, but with focus!

We added more workshops, and partnered with local restaurants & biergartens for our food needs!

Director: Razz Purcell

Asst. Director: Renate Gerke

Community Building: Karen Young

Stage Manager: Martin Doyle

Workshop Leaders: Martin Doyle, Shonagh Walker, Ingmar Kikat, Joel Mankey, Yumi Celia

Taikopalooza 3

Jun 15-17, 2018

Year three was a milestone year for Taikopalooza for many reasons, but here's a few of the main ones:

  1. Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten and kaDON joined TZD in sponsoring for the event!!

  2. To maximize our time together, group accommodation was planned.

  3. We staged the first Taikopalooza public concert in Glacis Park. Over 2 hours of community taiko playing! It was the new event highlight.

We ended up with 90 people here for year 3. We had an amazing group concert, and workshops from some seriously incredible teachers.

Dates: June, 2017

Director: Razz Purcell

Asst. Director: Renate Gerke

Community Building: Karen Young

Stage Manager: Martin Doyle

Workshop Leaders: Martin Doyle, Shonagh Walker, Ingmar Kikat, Joel Mankey, Shoji Kameda, Yuta Kato, Mikey Gohnata

Taikopalooza 4

May 30 - June 2, 2019

Taikopalooza 4 was another incredible year with many new developments. We identified some weak points in the system and added the following improvements. 

  • An entire extra day dedicated completely to the concert. Trying to pack in 2 workshops AND a major concert  was just a bit too much for one day. So we added an extra one!

  • We started a €50 euro mandatory contribution for all participants. Taikopalooza has grown to the point that in order to plan it, we need everyone to share the financial expense. 

Director: Razz Purcell

Asst. Director: Renate Gerke

Community Building: Karen Young

Stage Manager: Martin Doyle

Workshop Leaders: Shonagh Walker, Karen Young, Diana Wu, Kenny Endo, Yuta Kato, Shoji Kameda, Joel Mankey, Franco Imperial, Yurika Chiba, Geoffe Noone

Taikopalooza 5
Jun 2 - 6, 2022

Year 5 has been a looong time coming, Coronavirus shot us down 2 years in a row, and needless to say, I think everyone is more than ready to make TP5 finally happen!!

We're going to keep the format the same as TP4. ATM we're in the very early planning stages, but stay tuned for more info!

I can already confirm that kaDON and Tsuchigumo are going to be managing the event with TZD, and with all the waiting, I think we can all expect the best year ever for TP5! 

Stay tuned for more info. 

Director: Razz Purcell

Asst. Director: Renate Gerke

Community Building: Shonagh Walker, Diana Wu

Stage Manager: Martin Doyle

Workshop Leaders: Martin Doyle, Kenny Endo, Yuta Kato, Shoji Kameda, and 2 spots awaiting confirmation...

Our Sponsors

Every one of us is vital to making Taikopalooza happen. It just doesn't work unless we ALL invest ourselves in it.

If you want to see this idea in action, look no further than our sponsors. We all know in the end someone has to take on the overall responsibility (financially and otherwise) for an event like Taikopalooza, and it is our sponsors who do this, and much much more.

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This group of superheroes is the glue that holds Taikopalooza together. Razz & Martin have been in this together since Razz-Fest (the pre-cursor to Taikopalooza)!

Community building, organization and logistics, stage & equipment management and so very much more are all taken care of by our management team. Click their pictures to learn more about them!

Workshop Leaders

Our workshop leaders are true superstars. These people are honestly the TOP GUN of taiko players, and what's more, they are also amazing incredible people.

Our workshop leaders Travel here at their own expense and donate their time and workshops to Taikopalooza simply to support the goal of community building and sharing.

Most of our workshop leaders are from the West Coast USA, and will be in Europe during the weeks around TP4. Click on the pictures to learn more about them, and to book them for workshops in your dojo!