Practice day for Spring concert

Ting-chi and Xun came to teach us once more. What a pleasure! we improved leaps and bounds. We got Hiryuu up to a very high energetic level and could hear the dragon flapping its wings as we flew in the air to meet it.

Our own repertoire got a shiny gloss – every song needs some maintenance from time to time, doesn’t it? we cracked a few problematic phrases and found the beauty in them. Can’t wait to get practicing and perform at our spring concert. See you there?

“Spirit of the Dragon” – Taiko Concert

Experience the spirit of Taiko drumming though this dynamic, powerful and inspirational concert.

Spirit of the dragon Taiko Concert featuring Aber Taiko, 2taikos, and SFTD-Resonance.

Echoing drumming styles of Tokyo, Fukui, San Francisco, Scotland and Wales, Spirit of the Dragon will reveal the musicality, grace, spirituality and raw power of Taiko drumming.

For tickets visit Taliesin Box Office, or call 01792 602060.

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.

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Hiryu San Dan Gaeshi with Ting-Chi Li

We started learning the piece ‘Hiryu San Dan Gaeshi’ originally written by Grandmaster Daihachi Oguchi in the first beginner’s course that we ran. I learnt it from several online videos such as the Hiryu Project and taught the group. However, the subtlety of any song is hard to realise from a video and so I seeked some guidance from Ting-Chi Li.

I knew that Ting-Chi had played this song while at the San Franscisco Taiko Dojo, under Tanaka sensei. And after a few email exchanges we decided it’s so much better if Ting-Chi came over and taught us herself. And so, on the 11th March, we had a full day of detailed study of the SFTD version of Hiryu and Isami Goma combined. We learnt from Ting-Chi not only the rhythms, but also the movements and most importantly, the meaning of the song and the spirit in which to play it. Ting-Chi is a fabulous teacher – she is clear, energetic and very supportive. She got us playing at the top of our ability with the most energy and happiness we could master. She helped us improve our kata (form) and our musicality. Her energy and love for this song was very catchy! And we got a little taste of how it is to play in the SFTD. She came with her long time friend and Taiko collaborator – Xun Dong, who helped during the day and took some beautiful photos that really captured the essence of the day we had.