MIDNIGHT TAIKO KAI

PERFORMING MEMBERS

  • President, Co-Founder

    Ben has been Taiko drumming since 1998, initially playing freestyle in city parks and cultural events. Ben Lim founded Midnight Taiko in 2006 with Charlie …

  • Managing Director & Performer

    T.L. has been a member of Midnight Taiko since early 2011. Her full biography is coming soon.

  • Artistic Director & Performer

    Paula’s musical background and experience lies primarily in the classical world. Trained in piano and oboe for over 20 years, Paula also performs regularly …

  • Vice-President & Performer

    Rico was first exposed to Taiko while living in Borneo as a child in 1993, when a Japanese Drumming Troupe visited the region as …

  • Performer

    Nori has played the kit drum, African drum and percussion in many different groups in Japan. He started to play Wadaiko with “New Asian …

  • Workshop Coordinator & Performer

    Mom, teacher, public speaker…and now Taiko drummer, Holly wears many hats. Through it all, music has been central to her being. She has …

  • Performer

    Karen was first exposed to drumming in one of her courses in World Music in University. She was able to try Japanese Taiko …

  • Stage Manager & Performer

    Marty was first exposed to Taiko in 2010, during her studies in Ethnomusicology while completing a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies degree …

  • Treasurer & Performer

    Brenda became a full member of the group in late 2016. Her full biography is coming soon.

  • Inventory Manager & Performer

    Music is deep within the soul.  It’s in every heartbeat and everything we do.  Tahra first heard Taiko at an outdoor festival and …

  • Performer

    Jessie joined the group as an apprentice in late 2013 and performed with the group for about half a year. She then took 2 …

  • Secretary & Performer

    Trained as a classical flutist, Lisa has been a member of the Calgary music scene for many years. Exposed to Taiko through a …

  • Performer

    Jigme joined Midnight Taiko as an apprentice in late 2016. His full biography is coming soon.

APPRENTICES

  • Apprentice

    Sara is a music therapist and music educator and has a passion for world music. She came across Taiko at one of Midnight …

  • Apprentice

    Nikol is the drummer for Ancient Highways and joined Midnight Taiko as an apprentice in late 2016. Her full biography is coming soon. …

FORMER MEMBERS

  • Co-Founder

    With a music and dance background, Charlie has been playing Taiko since 2001, after she was blown away by a performance by Kita-no-Taiko. …

  • Co-Founder

    Jenny has a background in traditional Chinese dance, choir and classical piano and first experienced Taiko drumming when a friend brought her to a Taiko …

  • Peggy first heard Taiko at Otafest in 2006, and when she returned in 2007 she made sure that she was able to watch …

  • Anny studied Javanese Gamelan and traveled to Africa to immerse herself in Ghana drum culture with SFU music faculty member Albert St. Albert …

  • Yoshiko has always been proud to be half Japanese and Taiko has become a great link to her heritage. She became interested in Taiko …

  • John got his passion for Taiko in 2008 while he was working in Japan on the JET Programme. He had the opportunity to learn and perform Taiko drumming with his community Taiko …