We had so much fun and satisfaction from organising, collaborating and playing in our “Swansea Year of Taiko” concert at the beginning of 2017, that very soon after we decided to create another concert. To this second concert of ours we invited two taiko duos to play with us: 2taiko and SFTD•Resonance. We have been studying with both groups in the past year. They have helped us to improve our technique, inspired us and worked with us on our repertoire. We are hugely thankful and indebted to them and we are very happy and proud to share the stage with them.
We were invited to visit the Explorer Scouts in Carmarthen by their leader Siriol Butterworth, as she thought that “Taiko drumming would be an activity that our Explorers would really enjoy”. Wow, was she correct!!
Five of us arrived, with a van full of drums which the Explorer Scouts willingly helped us take into the hall. After setting up the drums, Sarah gave a brief explanation of the background of Taiko drumming, including naming the different drums we had brought, after which we performed three pieces from our repertoire.
We are offering an open taiko workshop suitable for every member of the family, age 8 and above. We will learn a piece that lends itself to playing powerfully while supporting and encouraging each other in the group to give it their all. Taiko is not just about playing a rhythm – it’s about the energy, the intention, the collaboration and above all, the joy.
We were invited by the Ospreys to support them in their high profile game against the Scarlets. You can imagine the levels of excitement in our group, especially as one of us happens to be very avid Ospreys fan!! We were to play a gig before the start at the entrance to the stadium, and then during the match, get the fans clapping and singing, get the motivation going.