Workshop Descriptions

*workshop fee:  $35 CAD/workshop

 INTRO TO TAIKO!

Friday, August 25  2pm

Level:  Beginner, no taiko experience needed

Instructor:  Joe Small

Taiko is a dynamic art-form based on traditional Japanese drumming practiced all over the world. Often described as “full-body drumming,” taiko goes beyond that to engage one’s ki (energy), kata (form) and koe (voice) in the act of drumming.

A comprehensive overview of taiko, this VERY hands-on workshop will start from the basics of taiko form and technique and move into more advanced group-playing as well as traditional song-learning. Workshop includes: fundamentals for playing taiko, background and culture of taiko, use of one’s voice in taiko, kumidaiko drilling (playing as a group), learning taiko music. No experience required! Come hit loud drums with big sticks!

*Bachi (taiko drum sticks) will be provided if you do not have any.


TaikoPeace Workshop:  Closed

Saturday, August 26  10am

Level:  for taiko and non-taiko practitioners

Instructor:  PJ Hirabayashi

Looking for a way to make a positive difference in the world through your passion? This workshop integrates taiko and movement to build awareness to:

  • Dismantle preconceived notions of Power to expansive personal and collective Empowerment
  • Incite Creativity and Co-creativity
  • Nurture an enthusiasm toward building a healthy community

drum sticks will be provided


ODAIKO 101:  CLOSED

Saturday, August 26  2pm

Level:  Beginner

Instructor:  Kristy Oshiro

Basics for performing on the “big drum,” including stance, grip, hitting techniques, training tips, and relaxing.

*Odaiko bachi will be provided if you do not have your own.


FUE

Sunday, August 27  10am

Level:  ALL

Instructor:  Kristy Oshiro

The Japanese flute (fue) is an essential ingredient of Taiko ensemble.  Whether you are a beginner, a windplayer of a different sort, or want a review of the technique, this workshop will cover how to play and get a good sound!

#8 Flutes will be available.


NANAME (SLANTED) STYLE TAIKO

Saturday, August 26  10am

Level:  Intermediate (some previous taiko experience…not necessarily naname style)

Instructor:  Mark H Rooney

Naname style playing has become very popular in North America.  This workshop teaches you the basic fundamentals of naname playing:  stance, hits, ect

see example of naname style playing:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_yRi1fGHgw


KATSUGI OKEDO

Friday, August 25  2pm

Level:  beginner-intermediate

Instructor:  Mark H Rooney

Katsugi-Daiko refers to portable Taiko that are carried with a strap and played laterally.  This workshop aims to provide a hands-on introduction to this style:  how to stand, where to strap the drum, the basic strike and cross-over hits, with a primary focus on how to move while playing.

see example of okedo playing:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L21VhIrgDj4

*please bring your own appropriate bachi.  some bachi will be provided.


YATAI BAYASHI:  CLOSED

Sunday, August 27  10am

Level: Intermediate-advanced

Instructor:  Joe Small

Stemming from the festival music known as “Chichibu Yatai Bayashi”, the heavily modified staged-arrangement, known as “Yatai Bayashi”, was made popular by the group Kodo.

Through clear instruction of kata, main and supporting rhythms, and choreography (including analytical break down of effective and ineffective methodology including similarities and differences between “Yatai Bayashi” technique as compared to other taiko styles), as well as the physicality and fundamental techniques utilized when performing “Yatai Bayashi”. Through drills and games, participants will also experience how “Yatai Bayashi” operates and demands action and reaction at both the individual and group level.  see example of Yatai:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DU6ail8qOS4

*Yatai bachi will be provided if you do not have your own.


MIYAKE

Saturday, August 26  2pm

Level:  Intermediate

Instructor:  Joe Small

Miyake is a taiko piece that has been adapted from festival music of Miyake island.  It is a physically demanding piece.  Known for the low stance and powerful arm movements, this workshop will cover the techniques needed to learn, condition and perform this piece.

see example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntCvduEumGI


ODAIKO SOLO-ING:  CLOSED

Saturday, August 26  10am-12:30pm

Level:  Intermediate

Instructor:  Joe Small

Solo-ing on the Odaiko (big drum) can be physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausting.  Through creative games, exercises, and drills, particpants will gain a set of tools on how to create their own odaiko solos expressing their individual selves- while receiving creative and technical feedback.

example of an Odaiko solo:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kntv5w7hfes


BACHI MANUEVERS:  CLOSED

Saturday, August 26  2pm

Level:  All

Instructor:  Mark H Rooney

Learn how to spin, throw and catch your bachi as a way to spice up your solo, performance or composition. Learn basic and advanced tricks as well as exercises for how to practice them. Workshop will also reveal the secrets to making simple tricks appear more impressive and the deeper universal philosophies behind these (seemingly) superfluous skills.


MULTIPLE DRUM TECHNIQUE

Friday, August 25  2pm

Level:  Intermediate

Instructor:  Kristy Oshiro

Basic crossover technique will be taught as well as how to execute the technique efficiently and using a variety of rhythms. Participants will also learn a comprehensive practice song that incorporates all the rhythms and techniques in the workshop.


KEY TO YOUR KI

Sunday, August 27  10am

Level:  All

Instructor:  PJ Hirabayashi

Tap into your ki (energy) with activities that will build awareness, activate individual and group ki, and erase the boundaries between players and the audience. The workshop will challenge participants in movement, rhythm, timing and improvisational skills, all without using taiko…the ki to becoming a better taiko player.