Miyake Workshop with Pete Goodman 17th Sep 2016

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.

Pete's Workshop Swansea Sep-2016

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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:

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.