WE ARE TAIKO TIDES
Taiko Tides was founded in 2001 by Joan Miyazaki, a biology professor from Stony Brook University. She gathered a group of diverse students and staff from all corners of the demographic and academic spectrum to pay homage to the Japanese culture that they revered and respected so much.
Originally starting out as a small cohort of amateurs, Taiko Tides has developed into a performance group, endorsed by the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies. They have performed for various on campus organizations such as the International Student Organization, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Charles B. Wang Center. Also, they perform off campus at Brookhaven National Lab, the Bridgehampton School District, and more.
In February 2018, Taiko Tides made history by being the first collegiate taiko group from a public university to host the East Coast Taiko Conference. In the same month, they were also named Stony Brook University's Organization of the Month by the National Residence Hall Honorary.
With over 30 members today, they have gained a diverse set of individuals, and despite their differences they embrace each other’s uniqueness and utilize taiko to foster a sense of community. Each year, the group aims to challenge themselves further by learning new pieces and new styles. They primarily perform with chu-daiko (drums about the size of a wine barrel) crafted by members and advisors themselves.
Starting in September of each school year, Taiko Tides rehearses in the lobby of the Center for Molecular Medicine building. Rehearsals are held from 6PM - 8PM every Friday. Please feel free to stop in and say hello! For directions, check out this map!