Miyake Taiko Day

Ah, what a wonderful day we had! Pete Goodman taught us the ins and outs of the original Miyake style. Theme, Ji-uchi, change overs. We learnt also the ka-gu-re which is the intro to the piece.  We were happy to welcome 2 kagemusha / Tano taiko players from Exeter who drove all the way down here to study with Pete. And we have a couple of new enthusiasts who are totally hooked. The children’s session was full house!! and some of them are also hooked we believe. Thanks so much Pete! you are truly inspirational and a great teacher.

The day was also marked with a lovely collaborative spirit – which is a must where taiko is concerned as we all had to pitch in with getting the drums in place, welcoming people in, helping each other with the counting and the rhythms. Markedly two of us – Sarah and Ari – made the Miyake stands without which this day wouldn’t have been such a success. Sam took care of sanding the dowel tips and surprised us with a wonderful banner.  Wigmore High School provided two drums and stands. Ursula from TMD provided us with another drum / stand. Leanne Clulee took photos of the children’s  session and shared them with uspetes-kids-miyake-workshop

After the formal day finished we headed down the beach for a last bash. How lucky we were today with the sunshine.20160917_180200 20160917_175639

This day would not have come to life without funding from the Arts Council of Wales, to whom we are very grateful.


Taiko workshop for children – 14th of May 2016

Aber Taiko ran a children’s taiko workshop on Saturday the 14th of May 10-11am at St. Paul’s Parish centre, De la Beche Road, SA2 9AR.

The children – from 6 to 9 year olds –  stood in front of our big drums, sticks in hands and learnt a simple and fun Japanese song. That song was written by Yoshikazu Fujimoto and taught to us by James Barrow. Simple rhythms, group work, and some stories of the Japanese group, KODO.

Children having fun while learning a simple taiko drumming piece.

2nd ‘Swansea Year of Taiko’ day – Ursula Frank and Heather Murray

Ursula Frank and Heather Murray, founders of Taiko Mynydd Du gave us three workshops. First was a family workshop where parents and children learnt a piece called ‘Godzilla’ written by Ursula and inspired by the  music of the original Japanese film.

Picture of children engaged in the taiko workshop

The adults then had a beginner’s workshop where we learned a simple version of a classical Japanese piece called ‘Buchi Awase’ and in the more advanced workshop we learnt another piece written by TMD called ‘River’.

But it is not just the songs that we learnt – we learnt the basics of stance, movement and strike. We tried playing as a group – listening to each other and engaging with each other. When this is accomplished, any song we play would be so much more interesting and engaging both for us and for our audience.

This workshop was kindly funded by the Arts Council of Wales.

James Barrow ‘Swansea Year of Taiko’ workshop day – 30th of January 2016

The first taiko day in our project was lead by James barrow of Taiko West.

In the morning we had a children’s workshop – 9 children attended and learnt a simple rhythm.


They also had a go at James’ big O-hira daiko!


Then an adults beginner’s workshop, which was full to the brim: