An eight-week course featuring hands on taiko workshops and the history of taiko in the Japanese Canadian community
March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 + April 13, 20 & 27, 2015
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm (3 hours)
Fee: $275; maximum 10 participants
Location: Taiko Space, 1254 Frances Street, Vancouver
Goals: To learn fundamental taiko drumming techniques and rhythms and to explore the context of taiko as a performing art within the Japanese Canadian community. No previous experience is necessary.
Objectives: During and upon completion of this course students will:
- Understand the cultural and historical significance of taiko within the Japanese Canadian community;
- Learn positioning and how to play taiko drums that use a side stance through a balanced approach;
- Play basic rhythms used in most taiko pieces;
- Learn two songs;
- Use kiai (shouts) to support their drumming;
- Practice basic care and maintenance of drums and other equipment.
Format: Each class will begin with 30 minutes of stretching, strengthening, and vocal exercises. This will be followed by 90-120 minutes of drumming, including a cool down at the end. At first, the students will focus on basic technique and drills. Towards the second half of the course, the students will learn to perform two songs in simple arrangements. The students will spend the final 20-30 minutes of each class discussing a topic related to the history and culture of taiko in the Japanese Canadian community.
Instruction: The course will be taught by members of Katari Taiko.
Registration form can be downloaded by clicking on Katari Taiko Class Registration
Please Become A Member!
Katari Taiko Drum Group Association is a non-profit society dedicated to educating Canadians about the history, art and performance of traditional and contemporary taiko music (Japanese drumming). Your membership shows your support for the work of Katari Taiko. You will receive news and notices of upcoming performances and the annual general meeting. For more information about Katari Taiko and its activities go to www.kataritaiko.ca