Meet Catalina – My Tsukasa Taiko: Member Testimonials Series 015

Meet Catalina, member of the Cool Ladies / Arashi group!

  1. Why did you choose Tsukasa Taiko?

I chose Tsukasa Taiko because it seemed to be the school that shared the most authentically musical and Japanese style of the Taiko drumming tradition, and also we would be playing on real drums right away! It was seemed important to me to have the context of the Japanese American Service Center as a home base, and relating Taiko to other arts such as dance. Finally, the leadership of Tatsu Aoki was very important as he grew up in the true Tokyo scene of traditional Japanese arts and Taiko and is also a renowned member of Chicago’s musical community. I feel very lucky to take classes from such an artist!

  1. Please share your most memorable Tsukasa moment.

When we play taiko at various marathons in Chicago, and the runners go by cheering and raising their arms in the air, happily getting energy from our drumming! It makes me think that this is what our world should be – each of us supporting the other in our journeys of art, creativity and self-expression.

  1. What do you look forward to doing with Tsukasa in the future?

I am enjoying our community performances at marathons and festivals and hope to share this beautiful art with more and more Chicagoans.