"A contemporary bridge to our rhythmic roots." Arugakki is a collective of taiko artists, musicians, and dancers surrounding Los Angeles-based performer and composer, Kristofer Bergstrom, and the hub for adventurous taiko in southern California, Los Angeles Taiko Institute. Arugakki's performances take diverse forms, from participatory mochi-making theater parties to bicycle-powered, roving taiko concerts. Arugakki's percussive, uplifting music fuels engagement and celebration. Arugakki's music is the defiantly contemporary, southern-California version of a traditional concept: rhythm as integral part of art and culture.