Temple Activities

Ho Etsu Taiko

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Ho Etsu Taiko began as an offshoot of MBT’s Dharma School Taiko class in 1997. Since then, Ho Etsu members have matured both in age and their approach to taiko. Today, while Ho Etsu has grown into a dynamic taiko ensemble with an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit status, its connections to our temple remain strong.

Ho Etsu Taiko is a collective of musicians with a fresh take on the art of Japanese drumming. While respecting taiko’s rich traditions, Ho Etsu Taiko pioneers collaborations that push the envelope—with other taiko groups, musicians and culturally focused performance artists. Their deep Chicago roots ground their work in a variety of musical styles, from jazz to Latin and hip-hop.

You can take in a high-energy Ho Etsu performance at MBT’s Ginza Holiday Festival and at other temple events. Additionally, Ho Etsu brings its unique brand of taiko to cultural showcases, festivals and private events around the Chicago area.

Their philosophy is simple: Spread joy and vitality through each and every drumbeat. You can learn more about Ho Etsu Taiko by visiting their website www.hoetsu.org.