Nikyokan 仁響館 – Casa de las artes escénicas japonesas



Go ahead and explore new limits in your taiko playing!


The course seeks to provide a space to work on the weakest point of Argentine taiko: improvisation, ensemble, solo creation and communication through the instrument.

The lessons will be purely practical and will bring together musical and body exercises to work on the aforementioned points.

No particular style will be imposed, so it is intended to bring together practitioners of different styles and schools to create an environment as heterogeneous as possible. It will begin using instruments of the same tone in beta-uchi but it will aspire by the end of the course, to assemble using instruments of different tones and styles of the tastes of the participants.

Another objective is to enable instrumental practice through the use of genuine instruments of Japanese origin.

The course will end with the interpretation of a piece authored by the teacher where each student will develop a solo and ensemble tools focused on an appropriate management of sound.


12 theoretical-practical lessons. Once a week.

2 hours each lesson. 

Materials: each student will be provided with an instrument in class.

Each student must have a pair of bachi (drumsticks).

TEACHER: Gastón San Cristóbal

Gastón has been practicing wadaiko since 2008 During this period he has trained with taiko icons worldwide and also dedicated a lot of effort researching the instrument, its origins and the influence that the culture and history of Japan had on the art of wadaiko.

He has given talks and lectures of the history of South American taiko in Argentina, Peru, the United States and Japan. His effort and dedication has been recognized by legends of the art of wadaiko such as Eitetsu Hayashi, Akitoshi Asano (Asano Taiko), Yoshihiko Miyamoto (Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten) and founding members of the KODO group.

Gastón has lived in Japan from 2014 to 2017, which changed his perspective 180 degrees on how to interpret, learn, understand and transmit not only wadaiko but also traditional Japanese arts.

During his entire stay in Japan he was a member of the Tokimeki Taiko Juku group of the University of Tsukuba and an apprentice of Yuji Kuramochi (formed in the KODO apprentice center) who trained him in the execution and in the teaching of wadaiko and shinobue. He has also trained with Grandmaster Eitetsu Hayashi, who considers him his apprentice. Additionally, he has trained and been heavily influenced by Kaoru Watanabe, Ryutaro Kaneko, Chieko Kojima, Yoshikazu Fujimoto, Yuta Kato, and the KODO group.


All taiko players that are looking for a place to expand the use of the instrument and want to experience playing and communicating through taiko.

Previous experience in the art of wadaiko or percussion is recommended as technical fundamentals will not be taught.


10 students.


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