“Swansea Year of Taiko” Celebration Concert 28th January 2017

Our “Swansea Year of Taiko” project is nearing its end – one last day of adult and family workshops to go…

We have learnt so much this year and we love playing taiko even more. We want to celebrate this feeling, celebrate the things we learnt and the new people we met, the new connections we made and the effort we have all put in.

And what better way to celebrate than to simply play the drums? So we decided to show what we have learnt so far in a concert. We chose the Volcano Theatre as our venue: it is a rugged and friendly place, fit for a community group at the start of our way.

Concert flyer We have invited some of our friends to play with us. They are our friends, our teachers, our collaborators. James Barrow, Taiko Mynydd Du and Alison Roe. The concert will feature many of the elements of taiko that we have learnt from our guest teachers this year. It will contain traditional pieces such as Miyake and Buchi Awase. We will also play more modern pieces inspired by different styles of taiko whose origins are in different parts of Japan such as Hokuriku, Hachijo and Hiroshima. There will also be some original pieces written here in Wales.

This concert is also partly funded by the Arts Council of Wales.

Gig on the 5th of June 2016 @ 360 Café, Seafront, Swansea

We performed on Sunday the 5th of June at 360 Café Bar in Swansea, the weather was being very kind 🙂

The gig started at 1:00 and was free for all. It was part of the initiative called ‘Wake Up Drums‘ initiated by Tsunagari taiko centre in Paris.

We started with three strong beats, played at 100% energy, to wake people up to improve their lives:

We then carried on to play all of our songs, and some of our younglings were brave enough to perform a song brought to us all the way from Sado Island by James Barrow: