Aber Taiko is a community-drumming group based in Swansea.
It was founded as a constituted group by Yasmin Friedmann in September 2015. After returning from Japan in late 2013, Yasmin organised several taiko workshops in Swansea in order to find more people who loved taiko and would like to play together.
Workshop leaders were Ursula Frank (TMD), Pete Goodman (TMD and formerly a performing member in a group based in Hamamatsu, Japan) and James Barrow from Taiko West. Group members assembled slowly in the course of around 12 months and finally prepared together to perform in the UK Taiko Fest in July 2015. Amongst us are Samba players, people who played taiko in Japan previously and people who just love to drum. We are all attracted to this beautiful art form and enjoy the energy that flows when playing together.
After becoming constituted, we started practicing regularly in a local school hall on Monday nights and we perform occasionally in local events in and around Swansea.
Realising that there are no taiko professionals in Swansea, and wanting to introduce taiko to Swansea in the best way possible, we have applied for and won funding from the Arts Council of Wales to run a project called “Swansea Year of Taiko” throughout 2016.
This project sees some of the best taiko artists from the UK come to Swansea to give a day of workshops each. Workshops are tailored to young children, beginner adults and experienced. We will be introduced to different styles of drumming, learn new songs and improve our technique.
We welcome anybody who wishes to join us in one of our beginner courses. We aim to create a supportive environment of sharing, learning and enjoying. We respect each other and our different ways of learning and engaging with taiko.
Aber Taiko is a constituted group.