Happy to announce that we are opening our second adult beginner’s course. In this course we will concentrate on the basics of taiko through drills and phrases from our own repertoire and from traditional Japanese festival music. We will try to pass on the joy that comes from playing together and helping each other overcome small difficulties on the way to learning a new rhythm.
We will also incorporate some other percussion instruments such as atarigane and chappa.
The course will run for 6 weeks starting Monday 31st October, 7-8pm. (Halloween Costumes optional)
Venue: Bishop Gore Canteen (map)
Price: £30 per person for 6 sessions (£5 per session) to be paid in advance.
Drop us a line if you would like to take the course and for more information – there will be a maximum of 8 places.
Our next ‘Swansea Year of Taiko’ day is a Miyake day. Throughout the day there will be workshops for children and adults, with the assumption that everyone is a beginner. Please contact us for booking and payment, details are on the flyer below.
Pete Goodman, who studied taiko in general and Miyake taiko specifically between 3 to 5 times a week over 4 years in Japan will teach it to us.
Miyake taiko originates from Miyake-jima, an island south of Tokyo. It is played primarily on miya-daikos (temple drums) that are positioned horizontally. It radiates raw power and its relatively simplistic patterns will get everyone, players and audience alike, involved and captivated by the rhythm.
Miyake is said to take a few hours to pick up, but a lifetime to master (much like taiko itself – the journey is more important than the final destination). Due to the connections that Pete’s group teacher and taiko master Asamoto-Sensei made during his time with KODO, they were fortunate to be able to be taught several times a year by the Tsumura Sensei and his three sons. The Tsumura family are the grand masters of Miyake Taiko in Japan and have taught several groups in Japan.