TaikoAlive! is a holistic approach to learning the art of taiko that enriches the body, mind and spirit. It is geared to students of all ages and abilities with special outreach workshops for older adults*. TaikoAlive! can be accessed as a single workshop, class series or residency. All formats teach taiko technique, repertoire, history and cultural aspects designed to fit the needs of the students.

Contact Iris to learn how you can bring TaikoAlive! to your organization or facility. 

*Read Chris Farrell's New York Times column, "Retiring" here.
*Listen to Chris Farrell's podcast "Unretirement" interview with Iris here.


  • Introduces and/or reinforces music skills and practices
  • Opens a window to Japanese/Japanese American culture
  • Strengthens community
  • Encourages physical activity; emphasizes fluid gross and fine motor movements
  • Increases focus and concentration
  • Builds confidence

See TaikoAlive! in action with older adults, young adults and first-graders!