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

    A short two decades ago, TL attended a nighttime summer parade in Hachioji while living and teaching English in Tokyo.  There, a seed …

  • Artistic Director, Performer

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

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

  • Performer

    John got his passion for Taiko in 2008 while he was working in Japan on the JET Programme. He had the opportunity to …

  • Performer

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

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • Vice President, Performer

    While living in Japan, Jessie first experienced Taiko at a cultural festival in rural Shizuoka Prefecture, where she was moved by the power …

  • Performer

    Prior to joining Midnight Taiko Kai, Jigme was searching for a percussion instruments to learn in Calgary. When he first heard Midnight play …

  • Secretary, Performer

    Gillian joined Midnight Taiko after seeing the group perform at a community festival in Calgary. She was influenced by the power of the …

  • Performer

    Joe’s first live Taiko experience was watching Yamato perform in Calgary and he fell in love with the art. When his wife Lorie …

  • Treasurer, Performer

    Lorie first learned about taiko in Montreal, from her kendo friend who was practicing both at the time. His taiko kai, Arashi Daiko, …

  • Performer

    Nancy began her taiko journey in Lethbridge with LCTA.  After relocating to Calgary in 2017, Nancy began taking workshops with Midnight Taiko and is now …

APPRENTICES

  • Mark became an apprentice in Fall, 2019. Full bio coming soon.

  • Robert has been searching for a way for music to become a part of his life. He found his acceptance in the amazing …

  • Paul became an apprentice in Fall, 2019. Full bio coming soon.