We're thrilled to be working with partners all around the region to bring Burlington Taiko Group and its Sensei Stuart Paton back to northern NH March 8-18!

 Programs include school and preschool assemblies and workshops, a solo concert March 16 in Franconia and two performances by the troupe on Saturday, March 18: at the Medallion Opera House in Gorham at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at The Tillotson Center in Colebrook. Details of additional community programs -- and advance ticket sale opportunities -- are posted below and will continue to be updated.

Burlington Taiko Group travels across New England, bringing this heart-pounding, powerful and exciting form of ancient Japanese drumming to thousands of audience members each year and offering approximately 5,000 students annually a chance to experience taiko through drumming workshops. The purpose of their work in schools is to allow American children to further their appreciation for diverse cultures and to see first hand role models of adults expressing powerful, even fierce, creative energy in avenues that benefit the community. The rhythms, the dancing, and the brilliant colors are all especially engaging and compelling for children and young adults.

All Arts Alliance public program sites are accessible for those with wheelchairs. If you need additional accommodation, please reach out to us as soon as possible.

Please note: No refunds are available on tickets or fees. (In the event of a cancellation by the Arts Alliance due to weather or unforeseen circumstances, tickets/fees will be refunded.) If you wish to attend a ticketed event but are unable to pay the fee, please come as our guest or pay whatever you can.

Public Performances

6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 16

Solo Concert, Franconia Town Hall
421 Main St., Franconia NH
Tickets: $10/Adults, $5/Students, $20/Family; tickets at the door or buy here in advance and save!

Join us for an intimate, all-ages solo concert with Stuart Paton, Sensei and Artistic Directer of Burlington Taiko. Full of drumming, movement and voice, ancient traditions and new stories, this evening’s performance will bring thunder, space, dexterity and grace to the stage, and will include the Mask Dance of the good-luck-Lion.
Save $2/ ticket or $5/family by purchasing in advance

10 a.m., Saturday, March 18
Free Taiko Workshop, Medallion Opera House
20 Park St., Gorham

Join us for a free community drum workshop for all ages! Advance registration appreciated -- email us at programs@aannh.org.

1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 18

Medallion Opera House
20 Park St., Gorham, NH
$12/ Adult, $10/ AANNH Members, $5/ Students, $30/Family, $25/Family for AANNH Family Members
Save $2/ ticket or $5/family by purchasing in advance

Join us for an all-ages, high-energy performance by Sensei Stuart Patton and  members of Burlington Taiko!  Taiko is the crossroads of dance, pageantry, and drums!  Don't miss this colorful, heart-pounding, powerful show!

6:30 p.m., Saturday, March 18

The Tillotson Center
14 Carriage Lane, Colebrook NH
$12/ Adult, $10/ AANNH Members, $5/ Students, $30/Family, $25/Family for AANNH Family Members
Save $2/ ticket or $5/family by purchasing in advance

Our residency culminates with an all-ages, high-energy performance by Sensei Stuart Patton and the members of Burlington Taiko. Join us for this family concert offered in partnership with The Tillotson Center.

New program added due to snow storm!

Taiko Demonstration & All-Ages Drumming Workshop
Tuesday, March 21, 7 p.m.
Whitney Community Center, Jackson NH

Suggested donation: $10/adult, $15/family. Please join us!


A video of Burlington Taiko Group performing at First Night 2011. YOMU composed by Harry Grabenstein.

Stuart Paton, Burlington Taiko & This Residency

Stuart Paton, Founder and Artistic Director of Burlington Taiko, spent most of his childhood in Japan, from age nine months through eighteen years. His earliest exposure to Taiko included a first-grade fascination with the drums at an Obon celebration in Tokyo, and learning "Matsuri Daiko" from the composer of the score for his high school drama production. His formal study of Taiko began in 1984 during a summer apprenticeship with Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka, the founder of the first ATaiko group in North America (San Francisco Taiko Dojo), and he founded the Burlington Taiko Group in 1986 not long after settling in Vermont.
Paton Sensei has established an artistic style for Burlington Taiko that combines movement, rhythm, voice, and the efficient and graceful movement of chi, or "energy," from the player to the drum. His affection for the group dynamic of Taiko is evident both when he performs at the most advanced level, and when he instructs the most novice players. 
His list of "Top 3" favorite Taiko pieces includes six titles:
1. Kawara
2. Oni Daiko
3. Onbashira, Tsunami, Sokobayashi, and Yodan Uchi
His other hobbies include: reading sci-fi/fantasy/spy fiction, salsa and folkloric dancing, walking though marketplaces, yard sales, and antique shops, and composing new percussion pieces. He is also an active student, teacher, and performer of Cuban and Haitian congas and djembe.
Since 1987, Burlington Taiko has been mesmerizing audiences with the powerful, spellbinding and propulsive sounds of the Taiko. Burlington Taiko Group estimates it has introduced over half a million people to the power of Taiko via public performances including feature performances at the 100th running of the Boston Marathon, annual performances at Burlington's First Night, the Joseph Campbell - Keepers of the Lore festival, the Black Ships Festival in Newport, Rhode Island, and over 200 corporate, collegiate and public performances.

In 2001, Burlington Taiko received First Night International's Prism Award, first place recognition for Most Creative Programming. In 2002 Burlington Taiko participated in its first tour of Japan, performing a series of concerts in the prefecture of Tottori at the Gaina Matsuri in Yonago. The group has been honored 3 times by the International Taiko community having been selected as a feature performer at the 2008 40th International Taiko Festival in San Francisco, the 1999 North American Taiko Conference in Los Angeles, and the 1998 30th International Taiko Festival in San Francisco.

Burlington Taiko is the performance arm of their non-profit entity, Taiko AikoKai New England (TANE). Their mission: to promote the performance and practice of Taiko and provide education about Taiko and Japanese culture. 

About the Residency:

This residency is presented as part of an 8-day North Country residency offered by the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire. The residency is supported in part by the New England States Touring Program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies, including the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.  Additional operating support comes from the NH State Council on the Arts and the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund.