Julia Misawa
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  • Boulder, CO
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Founder, artistic director and instructor: Boulder Taiko Hibiki
Founder, director: Boulder Taiko Ensemble

Julia Misawa studied Japanese traditional Taiko for about ten years under the guidance of Master Seiichi Tanaka, who established the first and longest-running taiko group in the U.S. 50 years ago, the San Francisco Taiko Dojo (SFTD, est. 1968). As a member of SFTD's pro-team, Misawa traveled and performed all over America included in the many places she has played are: Carnegie Hall in New York City, annual International Taiko Festival in Berkeley, California, the Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco, California, and the Black Ships Festival in Newport Beach, Rhode Island.
After moving to Boulder, Misawa founded the group Boulder Taiko Hibiki in 2006, a citizen taiko group open to all ages, where students study the taiko based on the practice that Julia learned from the SFTD, with a focus on the four values, mind, skill, body and manner. Boulder Taiko Hibiki has been active in the local music and cultural communities, performing at a wide range of public events and schools throughout the Denver Boulder metro area and beyond.
In June of 2010, Misawa produced the first statewide taiko event in Colorado, Taiko Summit Colorado 2010, gathering the five performing taiko groups in Colorado for a sold out concert at the Boulder Theater (800+ seats), headlined by SFTD’s Master Tanaka himself and other invited guests, both performing and presenting workshops in the following days.
The Taiko Summit Colorado series has continued to the present, most recently highlighted by concerts in Macky Auditorium, Unity of Boulder, and at the Flagstaff Sunrise Amphitheater in June, 2017. Executive Producer Misawa brought two of the top touring groups from Japan for this event, Oedo Sukeroku Daiko from Tokyo and Gonna (taiko and marimba ensemble) from Nagoya.
The 2017 Summit also featured the debut of Misawa’s professional performing group, the Boulder Taiko Ensemble (BTE), which pushes new boundaries in the ever-expanding world of taiko performance, adding western drums (Joe Diamo), guitar and voice (Souichi Nakamura), shakuhachi flute (David Kansuke Wheeler) and violin (Anthony Salvo) to the traditional taiko mix. Original works by composer Story Nack and premiered by the BTE are already garnering rave reviews.

Adults class:
Taiko Basics, Saturdays: 12:15pm-1:15pm (arrive by 12:00pm)
Taiko-1, Saturdays: 1:25pm-2:25 (arrive by 1:10pm)
Taiko-2, Saturdays: 2:30-3:45pm (arrive by 2:15pm)

Children 60 minutes class:
Available by request of 5 or more students for 4 sessions or more.
*Workshop, a private lesson and a small group lesson available upon request.

Contact: Julia Misawa, Founder/ Executive Director/ Chief Instructor
Location: Boulder Aikikai (please don't call the dojo)
2424 30th St., Boulder, CO 80301(at Mapleton Ave)
Email: bouldertaiko@gmail.com
Website: www.bouldertaiko.com

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Taiko Summit Colorado 2018

In celebration of the international popularity of Japanese taiko drumming, and in recognition of the growing connections between Nagano Prefecture, Japan, and the State of Colorado, founder/executive producer of Taiko Summit Colorado and director of Boulder Taiko, Julia Misawa is proud to present “…


Posted on September 6, 2018 at 1:20am

Colorado Flood Relief Fund with Taiko Performance

Please join Taiko Master Seiichi Tanaka, Denver Taiko, Taiko with Toni, and Boulder Taiko HIBIKI on Pearl Street this coming Sunday the 22nd to share in the joy of taiko.

Unfortunately, due to the recent flooding in Boulder County in Colorado, TSC Fundraiser in the Millennium Harvest House has been canceled. Instead, we will be performing at Pearl Street Mall…


Posted on September 17, 2013 at 6:00pm

TAIKO WORKSHOP with Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka

Date: Saturday, September 21st from 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Location: West Gate Kung Fu School, 3005 Sterling Circle, Boulder, CO (off Valmont Road)


Class size is limited and advance registration is highly recommended. Receive a $5.00 discount by registering in advance with payment in full by Saturday, September 14th.  Please make check payable to Boulder Taiko HIBIKI and write TSC workshop 2013 on the memo line (cash is also always…


Posted on September 8, 2013 at 2:18pm

Comment Wall (4 comments)

At 1:23pm on April 21, 2008, Matt Flood said…
Welcome to MyTownColorado.com!!!!
At 8:29pm on May 5, 2008, Fireside Production said…
We are absolutely interested in your performance information. Please also keep Fireside Production in mind should you ever wish to create a promotional video or capture one of your events. Enjoy your week!
At 11:24am on May 6, 2008, Julia Misawa said…
Thank you for the mail. We have three events, and few tentative ones in May 2008. Here is a list of events.
Friday, 5/9 CU graduation for a Geography department. 10:45am - 11:10am - We won't be playing to protect drums if it rains since it is held outside in front of the Geography department. If you're interested, let us know. I would have to ask someone to get a permission to shoot a film.
Saturday, 5/17 in Superior 40 min. performance- I'll let you know more details by this weekend.
Saturday, 5/24 Boulder Creek Festival approximately 11:15-11:45am- We'll be playing 10 min. for swordsmanship, and 10 min. for our own group in front of Boulder Library, at a dance stage. Thanks.
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