About Senryu Taiko

Making noise since 1998, Senryu Taiko is the fourth intercollegiate taiko group to ever form in the United States. Self-taught and self-sustained, the club continues the tradition of kumidaiko by writing music together, teaching incoming members, and forming ties with other collegiate taiko groups across the nation.

21st Annual Intercollegiate Taiko Invitational

Senryu would like to thank Jodaiko from the University of California, Irvine for hosting the 21th Annual Intercollegiate Taiko Invitational this past weekend, May 23 and 24, 2015. The Invitational is a unique event for the collegiate taiko community, since it brings together collegiate taiko groups from across the nation for a weekend dedicated to expanding our knowledge of taiko. Through interacting with other collegiate taiko players, as well as taiko masters who teach various taiko workshops, Senryu’s core members have continued to become more well-rounded individuals, as well as taiko players.

Our friends at Jodaiko were a great host this year and Senryu can only aspire to be an equally excellent host when the Invitational takes place at UC Riverside in 2018!

Say Hello To The New Members of Senryu Taiko: Generation 17


Left to Right: Kenyatta Joseph, Saburo Nakano, Keith Wong, Janzen Alejo, Nicholli Lay, Chelsey Calingo, Tanya Lieu, Brian Chu, Cheyenne Current, & Kenny Utrapiromsuk

Throughout five weeks of physically-demanding taiko playing, these individuals proved their commitment to us and the spirit of taiko, and have been welcomed into our group.

We look forward to a year of taiko with all of you!

Ghost Walk 2014

SenryuGW2014Hosted by the California Riverside Ballet, the 23rd Annual Ghost Walk is a street fair of costumes, candy, live performances, and ghost story tours of the historically-rich Downtown Riverside, all decorated in the ghoulish theme of Halloween. This event is aimed at entertaining guests of all ages, so bring your friends and family! Senryu Taiko will be the opening act on both nights, October 24th and 25th, at 6:00pm! This will also be Senryu’s only performance not in traditional taiko attire! Instead, our members will perform in individual Halloween costumes!

This event will take place in Downtown Riverside, at the Mission Inn.
For more information regarding Ghost Walk, click here: www.crballet.com.

We hope to see you there!

Anime Expo 2014

Senryu Taiko will once again be performing at Anime Expo! We are scheduled to perform on Thursday, July 3rd at 11:40 a.m. during the Ribbon Cutting ceremony, located in front of the main Exhibit hall. We will also be holding a workshop from 2:30-4:30 p.m., located in West Hall room 515B, where you can learn how to play taiko!

Anime Expo (AX) was founded in 1992 by the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA), and is the second longest running anime convention. Several large events will take place including the Masquerade, the Anime Music Video Contest, Concerts, AXDance, and the AX Fashion Show. Anime Expo is a 24-hour convention that offers late-night dances, all-night video programming, tabletop gaming rooms, and open-mic Karaoke in the late evening and early morning hours. Also, many guests attending the convention engage in cosplay (dressing up as their favorite fictional characters), making for a very unique experience.

The Expo will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center from Thursday, July 3rd through Sunday, July 6th.

For more information regarding Anime Expo, please visit www.anime-expo.org
Also, please visit our Facebook Event Page!

20th Annual Intercollegiate Taiko Invitational

May 24-25, 2014.  This year we would like to thank Jishin Taiko from Cal State University Northridge for hosting the 20th Annual Intercollegiate Taiko Invitational!  This tradition expands our knowledge among new and old friends in a taiko filled weekend!

“The invitational is an important event in the collegiate taiko world, for it brings us all together as one community.  It transcends individual schools and individual groups into one conglomerate of ‘taiko’.”

“Each group in this melting pot of taiko groups brings with it their own individual flavor and style of taiko that pushes at the edges of what taiko can be.”

“Invitationals brings us together to grow this art form in ways no one can have imagined it, and it also roots us in our history and where we have come from; Our eyes look back upon the shoulders of those that we stand on.  The benefit of the Invitational cannot be quantified; you can only see it through the fellowship and joy that it brings.”

-ITI Coordinators
Robert, Abigail, and Julian
CSUN – Jishin Taiko