Sawagi Taiko

Sawagi Taiko

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Founded 1990

Basic Information


Background Information

Group's Mission and Motivation

As Canada's first all-women, all-Asian taiko group, Sawagi Taiko offers an alternative to the stereotype of Asian women as quiet and demure and strives to encourage the historical and cultural connections among different Asian cultures.

As a performing group, we're looking to smash hierarchies and create an environment where all our members can initiate and explore their artistic visions.

List of Current Members

Mariko Heidelk, Linda Uyehara Hoffman, Lisa Mah, Rika Moorhouse, Jeanie Ow, Catlin Renay, Maureen Riley, Sachiko Yamaguchi, Anita Yung.

Performances, Recordings, Publications

List a selection of your regular performance venues (for example, Denver Sakura Matsuri, Seabrook obon, business conventions, Manzanar Pilgrimage, Maui Marathon, etc.)

Powell Street Festival; business conventions & conferences; community events.


Catlin Renay


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