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.
Date: Saturday 21st October
Venue: St Paul’s Parish Centre, De-La-Beche Road, Sketty, SA2 9AR.
Places must be booked in advance – we are limited to the number of drums we have.
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.
We met with Nick, the Osprey’s operations assistant, to understand what was needed of us, and set to practicing and planning. On Saturday we set up outside and played our set to people on their way into the stadium:
We then took our drums inside helped by several stewards and under the excellent guidance of Nick, we repeatedly played one of three simple and powerful rhythms whenever it was an Ospreys attack – we had about thirty bursts of 20 seconds of drumming.
From where we were it was hard to gather if people actually heard us – as sound travels quite slowly and did the crowd cheer with the drums or just because something was going on in the pitch?…However, our ‘Master of the media’, Thomas, extracted a clip from the broadcast of the game. Put your headphones on and you can hear how loud the seven of us actually were!
We are excited to offer a new Taiko course for adults (16+, 14+ with accompanying adult) starting on Friday the 13th of October.
The course will be held in St Paul’s Parish centre, De-La-Beche Road, SA2 9AR. It will consist of 8 sessions on Friday evenings 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. starting on the 13th October and finishing on the 8th of December (with a break on the 17th of November). We will teach the basics of this great artform through fun rhythms and one whole piece.
No previous experience is required! Taiko drumming is a fun activity suitable to all. It’s easy to pick up and it improves stamina, strength, concentration and sense of rhythm. As a group activity it creates opportunities for building friendships and communities. The sound of the drums played together is exciting and empowering.
We will provide the drums and sticks.
Plenty of car parking available as well as a bus stop nearby.
On the 15th July we headed out to High Street with our drums to take part in the ‘Trouble Makers’ festival. We won a commission to create a disruption in the street. In our application we said: ‘Taiko has changed our lives since we started playing. The change comes in various ways – whether it has made us more confident, gave us a purpose, made us happier and healthier, increased our ability to create and achieve our goals. In other words – disrupted who we were and enabled us to change course in our life. We would like to share this positive feeling with others. We would like to use our drums to bring unity, invite participation, and remind people of the joy of working, having fun and living together.‘
We found the day
quite challenging as it was pouring down with heavy rain for the whole 2.5 hours. Be that as it may, we wrapped our drums with plastic sheets and positioned ourselves on the street. We presented a mixture of songs and participatory rhythm games which attracted quite a few people and even some teens! A call and response game was first. Most notable was the ‘make a wish’ game where we invited passers by to make a wish and hit the gong to make the wish come true. The human drum machine was also lots of fun and people were happy to be programmed by us to play different rhythms for a long time. These games were so much fun! If you ever see us busking in the streets of Swansea, please come by and join us – we will always make time for some community drumming!
We would like to invite you to two Taiko-related events happening at the end of August. We are so lucky to host a Taiko legend who has many years experience of teaching and performing in both the United States of America and Japan.
Both events will take place at Volcano theatre (27-29 High Street, Swansea, SA1 1LG) :
1) Public talk titled ‘Wadaiko – the art of the Japanese drum’
Tue 29th August, 7pm, doors open at 6:30pm, bar available, £5, (£4 for under 16’s).