Regular NATC Registration includes 3 standard workshops and 1 discussion session over a total of 5 total time slots for NATC 17. The list below includes all regular workshops.

SKILL LEVEL DESCRIPTION

WORKSHOP EQUIPMENT STATEMENT

 

DAVID WELLS

Group affiliation: Unit Souzou – On Ensemble – Prota

Conversations: Basic Solo Improvisation •  Skill level: ALL

Are you a human being? Do you communicate with other (probably) human beings through methods verbal or otherwise? If so, you’re probably a stellar improviser! Learn to communicate through improvisation with others in a fun and relaxed environment where you can let the drum do the talking!

DAVID WELLS

Group affiliation: Unit Souzou – On Ensemble – Prota

Taiko Set DrillsSkill level: Intermediate

“If there’s one thing on which most drummers in the world can agree, it’s that the more drums you have, the better you sound!” — Famous Drummer

While the above quote is probably apocryphal, it’s still pretty fun to play multiple drums. Learn techniques and drills to improve your hand speed and stick control with a set of multiple small taiko.

DEVIN TANI

Group affiliation: Naruwan Taiko

Doubling Down: A Deeper Insight on Hand Technique and Rebound •  Skill level: Intermediate/Advanced

Delve into the world of double strokes by learning basic fundamentals and create a deeper understanding of a more efficient stroke to play doubles. A thorough explanation of the push/pull technique will be strengthened through the usage of various exercises and warm ups. Topics will focus on Free Strokes, Fulcrum balance, Finger Utilization, and tension control.

ERI ISHIZUKA

Group affiliation: Yuu Ishizuka Taiko Project ‘indra-因陀羅-‘

Naname Uchi Basics for Beginners Skill level: Beginner

Naname Uchi (slanted) style of playing is widely popular in North America. How many of you are aware that the Naname Uchi playing style was originated in the Tokyo-area? Eri will teach the basics of Tokyo-area’s traditional techniques.

ERI ISHIZUKA

Group affiliation: Yuu Ishizuka Taiko Project ‘indra-因陀羅-‘

Bon Taiko Basics: Edo Tokyo Style for BeginnersSkill level: ALL

In this workshop, Eri will teach you how to play Bon Taiko basics with Edo Tokyo Style using Naname Uchi (slanted) technique. Eri will also share with you her personal playing techniques.

ERI UCHIDA

Group affiliation: KODO

Mindfulness of the Sole StrikeSkill level: ALL

The performance group Kodo teaches its performers the importance of a sole strike: ippatsu uchi. Hours are spent practicing and thinking about how to create a good sound, how to control the body, the way energy should flow, the relationship to our bachi, our approach to the drum, and how we envision the sound that we produce. The sole sound connects with others to create a rhythm, which becomes a phrase, and finally completes a piece. The sole strike is a starting point for any beginner or experienced taiko player in any style.
Through mindful thinking of the basics, players can achieve a greater understanding of the musical phrase, composition, and his/her fellow group mates.

ERI UCHIDA

Group affiliation: KODO

Beautiful Katsugi Okedo PlayingSkill level: Intermediate

A rather new style to enter the taiko world, the katsugi okedo allows freedom of movement but along with it comes the difficulty of finding the right relationship with the instrument to ensure quality sound.  This workshop carefully addresses key factors necessary to play the katsugi okedo well; how to stand, where to strap the drum, and the basic strike.  Once the basics have been transmitted, we will dig deeper by addressing different sound qualities, how to use the back side, the crossover, and how the instrument should be used in an ensemble setting.  Some of Kodo’s performance philosophies will be shared too! Please bring appropriate bachi for use on katsugi okedo.

FRANCO IMPERIAL

Group affiliation: San Jose Taiko

Katsugi Okedo Basics with San Jose Taiko!  •  Skill level: Intermediate

This workshop introduces San Jose Taiko’s approach to the katsugi okedo. Basic tools will be provided to embrace the mobile nature of this instrument based on SJT’s focus on movement. This workshop is for taiko players who have some experience playing katsugi okedo but would like a different approach to get them out of a developmental rut. Notes: Learning to do cross-overs will not be covered in this workshop. You must bring your own bachi that you normally use for katsugi okedo.

FRANCO IMPERIAL

Group affiliation: San Jose Taiko

Listening Labs: Kumi-daiko Ear Training  •  Skill level: Intermediate

As individual artists we have the freedom to play whatever we want but in kumidaiko there is the priority to make everyone else in your group sound good. What does it mean to approach your playing from a listening standpoint and how can it be used to connect you with your fellow taiko players? This workshop will cover useful tools that can be applied to individual and group playing.

ISAKU KAGEYAMA

Group affiliation: Amanojaku – Asano Taiko Unit One

Odaiko Fundamentals  •  Skill level: ALL

Introduction to the grip, stance, and stroke for playing Odaiko. Focus on creating powerful, dynamic motion and producing a solid sound. Learn the composition “Agari Yatai” by Yoichi Watanabe, founder of Amanojaku.

ISAKU KAGEYAMA

Group affiliation: Amanojaku – Asano Taiko Unit One

Introduction to Bujin  •  Skill level: ALL

Bujin was composed by Yoichi Watanabe, leader of Amanojaku, and is one of the group’s trademark pieces. Participants will learn a shorter arrangement of “Bujin,’ which will include the characteristic movements and rhythms: grip, stance, and basic motions for striking the drum in the yoko-uchi style; drills and exercises for learning the basic motions; learning the trademark phrases of the piece.

ISAKU KAGEYAMA

Group affiliation: Amanojaku – Asano Taiko Unit One

Naname Fundamentals  •  Skill level: ALL

This workshop focuses on the grip, stance, and stroke for playing Naname style. An introduction to Bon Daiko repertoire and introduction to techniques for playing velocities from pianissimo to fortissimo (soft to loud). Tips for clean kata (motion), as well as for playing common ji (basebeat) patterns.

JOSEPH SMALL

Group affiliation: Soloist – Eitetsu Fu-Un no Kai

Odaiko Solo (De)Construction! Skill level: Intermediate/Advanced

The odaiko has the reputation of being an intimidating instrument to play due to its comparatively massive size and sound. Too often playing the odaiko becomes an overwhelming experience defined by ‘confrontation’ or ‘intimidation’ – which can be physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausting for players of all ranges and experiences. This workshop re-establishes the site of the odaiko in the context of a musical instrument and a site of channeling one’s individual expression. While participants can expect a technical challenges, the workshop tone is geared towards friendly, mutual encouragement as opposed to competition, so that participants can approach the odaiko based upon their own individual abilities and experiences rather than a paradigm of ‘lacking’ or ‘not belonging’. Through creative games, exercises, and drills, participants will gain a set of tools on how to create their own odaiko solos expressing their individual selves – while receiving creative and technical feedback to help shape and develop their solos.

JOSEPH SMALL

Group affiliation: Soloist – Eitetsu Fu-Un no Kai

Odaiko Technique – Original Piece “Bounding” by Eitetsu Hayashi-based Methodology Skill level: Advanced

“Bounding” is the climactic finale of Joe’s original evening-length concert, “Spall Fragments” (excerpt at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kntv5w7hfes). Participants will learn the fundamental components of “Bounding: – rhythmic building blocks, themes, time signatures, as well as the challenging main theme – which are rooted in the aesthetic approach and technical methods of Joe’s mentor, pioneering solo taiko artist, Eitetsu Hayashi. Other key sections of “Bounding” will also be covered, in order to create a fun and exciting short arrangement. If you’re looking for a challenge on odaiko designed to improve your musical, physical, and technical acumen, please consider this workshop!

JOSEPH SMALL

Group affiliation: Soloist – Eitetsu Fu-Un no Kai

Introduction to “Yatai Bayashi” Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate

Stemming from the festival music known as “Chichibu Yatai Bayashi”, the heavily modified staged-arrangement, known as “Yatai Bayashi”, was created by Eitetsu Hayashi along with other members of the legendary taiko group Ondekoza in the early 1970s, quickly becoming a signature work of both it and its divergent group, Kodo.

Through clear instruction of kata, main and supporting rhythms, and choreography (including analytical break down of effective and ineffective methodology including similarities and differences between “Yatai Bayashi” technique as compared to other taiko styles), as well as the physicality and fundamental techniques utilized when performing “Yatai Bayashi”. Through drills and games, participants will also experience how “Yatai Bayashi” operates and demands action and reaction at both the individual and group level.

KAORU WATANABE

Group affiliation: Soloist

An Occasionally Anecdotal But Very Useful Broad Overview of the FueSkill level: ALL

This a three part workshop: 1) lecture/demonstration on different types of fue (shinobue, noh kan, and ryuteki), the types of music they are used in, their construction and their inextricable relationship with taiko. 2) basic breathing, fingering and playing techniques for all levels 3) Masterclass: participants can volunteer to play pieces from their repertoire and receive advice and guidance in improving their playing.

KAORU WATANABE

Group affiliation: Soloist

Miyake FundamentalsSkill level: Intermediate

This piece, an adaption from the traditional festival music from Miyake island and made popular by Kodo, is physically one of the more demanding pieces in the taiko repertoire. This workshop will introduce participants to the five-part regiment that Kodo apprentices must go through to learn this piece. While known for its famous low stance and powerful arm movements, there are many nuances and subtleties that can will add expressiveness and melodic qualities to a performance. Participants will be learning from a featured Miyake soloist with Kodo- the group which is arguably the standard bearer for playing this piece.

KAORU WATANABE

Group affiliation: Soloist

Yatai Bayashi Skill level: Intermediate.

While having roots in the festival music of Chichibu City in Saitama Prefecture, taiko groups across the world have versions of this piece, mostly likely due to the popularity of such groups as Ondekoza and Kodo who originally adapted it for stage. Participants of this workshop will study the way Kodo approaches the piece in terms of form, tone, movement and nuance, properly played ji, the transitions between sections and, depending on the skill level of participants, tamaire, atarigane, fue and other components of the piece. All taught by a former member of the Kodo ensemble.

KENNY ENDO

Group affiliation: Taiko Center of the Pacific

The Beat, Soloing, and ImprovisationSkill level: ALL

One of taiko’s major roles in traditional Japanese music is as an accompaniment for theater, dance, and other music genres. In kumi daiko the art of correctly propelling the music and supporting the soloists through solid ji playing (base beat) are often overlooked. Basic kumi daiko ji patterns as well as patterns from traditional music will be explained. Internalizing the beat, soloing within a group context, timing, and performing as a soloist will also be covered. Spontaneity, phrasing, and thematic soloing will be introduced. A great improvised solo will not only raise the energy level of performance but transport everyone to another place. Explore the creativity you have within yourself.

KENNY ENDO

Group affiliation: Taiko Center of the Pacific

Odaiko KihonSkill level: ALL

Basics for performing on the ‘big drum’ will include stance, grip, hitting techniques, training tips, quality sound, and relaxing. A practice odaiko piece “Odaiko Kakeai Kihon Kyoku,” will be taught focusing on fundamentals, base beat patterns, and becoming more comfortable and dynamic at performing the odaiko. Improvised soloing on the odaiko will be introduced with participants encouraged to develop their spontaneous creativity. Internalizing the beat, soloing within a group context, and performing as a soloist will also be covered.

KENNY ENDO

Group affiliation: Taiko Center of the Pacific

Taiko SetSkill level: Intermediate

The practice and performance techniques of playing multiple taiko with be covered in this workshop, among them: basic grooves, independence, soloing, traditional Japanese rhythms, timing and accompanying. The usage of taiko in various genres (rock, hip-hop, funk, Latin, as well as in Japanese music) will be introduced.

KRISTOFER BERGSTROM

Group affiliation: Soloist

Choreography PrimerSkill level: Intermediate

How is taiko movement created? Do we begin with the rhythm and add movements, or the other way around? This workshop teaches a selection of advanced naname movements plus the concepts that underlie them.

KRISTOFER BERGSTROM

Group affiliation: Soloist

Lighted Bachi and the Beautiful StrikeSkill level: Beginner

This dramatic lecture/demonstration uses lighted bachi, long exposure photography, and videography to give participants a new way to visualize the basic strike. With detailed feedback on mechanics, each player receives a video allowing detailed comparison of their strike with that of the facilitator.

KRISTY OSHIRO

Group affiliation: Soloist

Advanced Taiko DrillsSkill level: Intermediate/Advanced

This exciting fast-paced workshop will cover a variety of drills of varying difficulty that can be taken back to your taiko group to improve on endurance, speed, dynamics, polyrhythms, listening, voice, spirit, and movement. The workshop is fast-paced in order to cover the maximum amount of content and so participants are strongly encouraged to bring recording devices.

KRISTY OSHIRO

Group affiliation: Soloist

Bachi TwirlingSkill level: ALL

Bachi twirling is a fun way to spice up your taiko compositions and solos. Participants will not only learn basic twirls combined with different arm movements to create some really dynamic maneuvers, but they will also learn how to apply those twirls seamlessly with different rhythms. Even experienced bachi twirlers will learn how to make their twirls look even better. This workshop also includes a bachi twirling practice song that you can use to practice all the twirls covered in the workshop.

KRISTY OSHIRO

Group affiliation: Soloist

Multiple Drum Technique Skill level: ALL

Have you always wanted to try playing more than one taiko at once? Or do you already have some experience playing multiple drums and would like to feel comfortable doing so? If so, this workshop is for you! We will go over basic technique for playing rhythms using more than one taiko as well as breaking down the bachi cross over technique so players will be able to both sound good and look good while moving from drum to drum. This workshop also includes a practice exercise you can take back to your group that combines all skills covered in the workshop. Light tapered bachi (made of cypress or magnolia) are recommended for use in this workshop.

 

MARCO LIENHARD

Group affiliation: Taikoza

Rediscovering the Shinobue and Its True Beauty Skill level: Beginner

A brief history of the instrument and with some demonstrations. Learn how to play, learn how to get a better sound. Learn a few melodies that you will be able to share. Also learn how to choose a flute and what to look for. Flutes will be available. tuned #8 will be used for the workshop and will be available for you to use if you dont have one. Also flutes will be available for purchase.

MARCO LIENHARD

Group affiliation: Taikoza

Challenge Yourself to a New Style of Playing with Kaitoryu’s KaguraSkill level: ALL

You will learn basic movements of the song and some parts of the song will be taught through the workshop. You will learn about the background of the song and history behind it. A “new” and unusual style that will help you develop your skills and help you envision new possibilities in creating new songs for yourself. This will be challenging as well for those who already have taken this class before. It will be challenging for those new to the songs, but you will be able to concentrate on different aspects of the songs and find your challenge in this particular song that you can better yourself in.

MARCO LIENHARD

Group affiliation: Taikoza

Techniques on the Shime Daiko and How to Tie a Roped Shime Daiko  Skill level: ALL

Learn to tie a shime daiko from the beginning in case you need to replace the rope and tie it in a way that will make it easier to retie it. It will be hands on workshop and we will still have some time to play on the shime daiko and work on form and exercises and learn a song.

MASATO BABA

Group affiliation: TAIKOPROJECT – On Ensemble

Naname Essentials Skill level: Beginner

To create a better understanding of form and hitting technique on naname technique. Using a technique I call “focus forward,” Naname Essentials will focus on form and hitting technique and how the body connects to the drum.

MASATO BABA

Group affiliation: TAIKOPROJECT – On Ensemble

Collaboration – How To Play TogetherSkill level: ALL

Each person is different. Some people play faster or slower than others, but as a group, we have to learn to compromise and collaborate. We will focus on drills and activities to be able to better understand one another.

MASATO BABA

Group affiliation: TAIKOPROJECT – On Ensemble

Odaiko PhrasingSkill level: Intermediate

Odaiko Phrasing will focus on basics and then learning some patterns to help with phrasing. The patterns will focus on both punctuation and building  confidence.

NOEL GARCIA

Group affiliation: Genbu Daiko of San Diego

Hip Hop TaikoSkill level: ALL

Using hip hop music, hip hop dance will be utilized to not only warm up, but to also delve into physical expressive freedom. A fun range of hip hop rhythmic vocabulary will be explored to help inspire new ways to approach taiko piece creation.

PATRICK GRAHAM

Group affiliation: Soloist

ChappaSkill level: ALL

Chappa, Japanese hand-cymbals, are simple but highly expressive little instruments that can add tremendous color and dynamic potential to any type of ensemble or solo performance. The chappa workshop provides some intensive, hands-on experience with these instruments. Participants will be coached in chappa playing technique, including an overview of the basics, such as care of the chappa, grip, sound production, and simple accompaniment patterns, while more advanced concepts such as effects, dynamics, compound rhythms and improvisation will be introduced gradually to help expand each player’s skill level. Participants are encouraged to bring earplugs.

PATRICK GRAHAM

Group affiliation: Soloist

Katsugi-Daiko  and Lateral Drumming Skill level: ALL

Katsugi-Daiko refers to portable taiko that are carried with a strap and played laterally. Drums of diverse origins are played in this manner, as it is a common thread through the musical traditions of many countries, including Turkey, Iran, India, China, Korea, and Japan. Regardless of the drum type, whether it’s carried or placed on the floor, lateral drumming is a wonderful complimentary style to the standard fixed position taiko. The Katsugi-Daiko & Lateral Drumming workshop aims to provide an intensive, hands-on introduction to this style. Participants will learn about the care and tuning of the drums, basic posture, grips and bachi types, striking techniques, sound production, as well as a variety of rhythms, from simple accompaniment patterns to soloing techniques. Participants are encouraged to bring earplugs and light oke-daiko style bachi.

PATRICK GRAHAM

Group affiliation: Soloist

ImprovisationSkill level: ALL

What is improvisation? The ability to improvise, to spontaneously create, is a skill we are all born with and a skill which can bring great joy and personal fulfillment to our music-making. In small, medium and large groups, and on a wide variety of instruments, workshop participants will be guided and encouraged while creating new sounds in an open atmosphere of sharing and listening. The workshop is open to everyone, no improvising experience required. Participants are encouraged to bring a variety of bachi and all instruments are welcome.

PJ HIRABAYASHI

Group affiliation: TaikoPeace

Ei Ja Nai Ka?Skill level: ALL

Ei Ja Nai Ka (EJNK) is an open source piece that has become a popular North American taiko folk dance. A sequence of energizing activities prepares participants to embody rhythms in movement, dance, voice, and taiko. In recent years, EJNK is being danced at many local obon. Share EJNK in the spirit of unifying people to play and dance with open heart and abandonment. Bring bachi.

PJ HIRABAYASHI

Group affiliation: TaikoPeace

Key to Your KiSkill level: ALL

Tap into your ki (energy) with activities that will build awareness, activate individual and group ki, and erase the boundaries between players and the audience. The workshop will challenge participants in movement, rhythm, timing and improvisational skills, all without using taiko…the ki to becoming a better taiko player.

PJ HIRABAYASHI

Group affiliation: TaikoPeace

Tottemo Yoi!Skill level: ALL

Tottemo Yoi! (Very Good!) – Exhilarating and interactive exercises on betta taiko, “dancing with the drum”, and “very good” kakegoe/chant. This open source piece has multiple layers of practice and performance possibilities.

SEIICHI TANAKA

Group affiliation: San Francisco Taiko Dojo

Fundamentals, Foundations, and Flow• Skill level: Intermediate/Advanced

Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka will work on developing the quality of taiko sound through bodywork mechanics and flow. Training how to warm the body up with a focus on Tai-chi and movement techniques that are synonymous with the Tanaka style. Tanaka Sensei will showcase how to tune the body to produce the ultimate Don. Tanaka Sensei will share his 50 years of experience with a short Q/A at the end of each workshop.

SEIICHI TANAKA

Group affiliation: San Francisco Taiko Dojo

Base and Grace: Power in Stance • Skill Level: Intermediate / Advanced

This workshop will train in how a performer will make a presence on the stage through correct stance, good bodywork, quality of sound production, and a solid finishing pose. By connecting a balance between heaven and earth in one form the taiko’s art form can showcase the strength of grace. Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka will also review Ji-kata (base beat rhythms) that are synonymous with core aspects of Japanese music with proper terms and definitions. By understanding the roots that carry Kumi Daiko’s music to the 21 century. Tanaka sensei will train in how to produce these rhythms with quality and exacting touch. Tanaka Sensei will share his 50 years of experience with a short Q/A at the end of each workshop

SHOGO YOSHII

Group affiliation: Soloist

Yokouchi Style – Upright Lateral DrummingSkill level: INTERMEDIATE

Learn Yokouchi style of upright lateral drumming, which has roots in Hachijo style drumming. Yokouchi style is Shogo’s personal flair on upright lateral drumming, which focuses on elaborate arm and bachi movements and centering the core to produce a powerful strike. Participants will explore various kuchi-shoga and learn to understand how the intonation of one’s voice translates into body movements.

SHOGO YOSHII

Group affiliation: Soloist

Refining Shinobue Technique  • Skill level: Intermediate/Advanced Fue players

Focus on breathing exercises and producing a clear sound in Shogo’s shinobue workshop. Tips will be shared on achieving better posture and how shinobue can complement and command a performance. Participants are advised to bring their own #6 fue.

SHOGO YOSHII

Group affiliation: Soloist

ChappaSkill level: ALL

The chappa, Japanese hand cymbals, are regularly featured in signature compositions of the Kodo ensemble’s performances. Chappa add a flair and excitement to taiko compositions. In this workshop, Shogo will teach participants the basics of chappa: how to hold chappa, how to create many textures of sounds, and how to accompany taiko. Participants are encouraged to bring their own chappa. Don’t forget your earplugs!

SHOJI KAMEDA

Group affiliation: On Ensemble

3 Levels of UnderstandingSkill level: Beginner

This workshop is based on a few simple patterns that are taught in the first 10 minutes of the workshop. Instead of adding new part we instead deep our understanding of these few simple parts.

First part of the workshop consists of getting to Level 1 understanding which is defined as: the ability to play your part without making mistakes. At Level 1 we focus on the use of kuchishoga and other techniques we can use to internalize our parts.

Second part of the workshop we get to Level 2 understanding: the ability to understand the underlying pulse how your part fits with that pulse and contribute to the strength of the group’s groove. In order to practice this we relearn the parts with being able to count the pulse as we play the parts.

The final part of the workshop we get to Level 3 understanding which is defined as: the ability to understand how your part fits in with a larger whole and the ability to play with heightened sensitivity and listening abilities. In order to practice getting to Level 3 we relearn our parts by being able to say our part while playing another groups part. In this way we are able to really understand how the different components fit together. We then practice in groups playing our parts while saying another group’s parts while the other groups do the same.

By the end of the workshop it is very clear to all the participants how much better they are play together as an ensemble and everybody has accomplished something that was at one point very difficult for them.

SHOJI KAMEDA

Group affiliation: On Ensemble

Taiko Set ImprovisationSkill level: Advanced

The first part of the workshop will focus on how to isolate the most important accents in a ji or a groove and build phrases around those accents. We will also spend time on how to keep a groove strong whether you are the soloist or support player.

The second part of the workshop will focus on the idea of having gears to play a simple groove. These gears represent the same groove played at various levels of intensity and complexity that will help build and support a solo.

The third part of the workshop will focus on soloist techniques. We’ll do some technique building drills then dive into being able to deconstruct and reconstruct phrases in order to develop a rhythmic idea. We will then introduce the idea of voicing and using the different sounds and dynamic levels available to us.

Finally we will put these all together in a real world situation with participants taking turns as the soloist or the support players.

YEEMAN MUI

Group affiliation: Taiko Center of the Pacific

Quitiplas in the PocketSkill level: Intermediate

A piece for solo improvisation on the slant style (naname) drums. The poly-meter base beat is adapted from the Venezuelan Quitiplas music with a stylized solo cue created by Yeeman Mui. The piece focuses on creating different tonalities of the drum. The Venezuelan-inspired polymeter backbeat is challenging but also has a distinctive groove that can open up various platforms for improvisation.

YEEMAN MUI

Group affiliation: Taiko Center of the Pacific

Body BayashiSkill level: ALL

Learning the main pattern of “Body Bayashi,”a body music/dance piece created during San Francisco International Orff Courses based on the kuchi-shoga of “Mikoshi Bayashi” – a basic pattern from the festival music of old Tokyo, as learned from Kenny Endo- sensei in his ensemble weekly Edo Bayashi practice. The purpose of the dance is to internalize and embody the interlocking relationship between two instruments. A very challenging but fascinating exercise. The exercise can also be applied to any taiko pieces for ear training and strengthen listening skills.

YEEMAN MUI

Group affiliation: Taiko Center of the Pacific

Taiko FUNdamentalsSkill level: ALL

Recommended for youth and beginners. Through a series of FUN songs and games with taiko drumming, Taiko Fundamentals focuses on developing the participants’ musicality level, creativity and sense of originality. Experience the fun of playing games that strengthen ensemble listening skills, while developing stage presence and interaction.

YOKO NAKAHASHI

Group affiliation: Navy Yard Taiko

Isamigome-Tonbane DaikoSkill level: ALL

Isamigoma-Tonbane is one of the classic pieces in the Osuwa Daiko repertoire composed by Master Daihachi Oguchi. He created Tonbane Daiko, based on Isamigoma for children and adults to play together, so whole families could experience the joy of playing Taiko. Course Outline: Isamigoma and Tonbane parts will be taught through kuchi-shoga first, with particular attention to go through Tonbane movements step by step. Fue players who attend the workshop will have an opportunity to learn the melodic phrase and fingering for this piece. The culmination of the workshop will be to have all the participants play these classic Osuwa Daiko pieces together.

YOKO NAKAHASHI

Group affiliation: Navy Yard Taiko

Composition Idea/Improvisation Vocabulary for Taiko DrummingSkill level: Intermediate

Composing Taiko music is a great way to cultivate the sense of kumi-daiko and performing skill. Through learning and practicing some rhythm pattern etudes created specifically to enhance improvisation vocabularies, each participant can experiment applying phrases, creating various changes, and construct an original music. We will discuss how to create necessary changes in the composition, exercising some compositional skills including some applications from Ted Reed’s famous book,  Syncopation.

YOUNG PARK

Group affiliation: Raging Asian Women Taiko Drummers (RAW)

Body Awareness for Taiko PlayersSkill level: Beginner

During this workshop, you will explore body awareness through movement exploration that addresses body alignment, breath, using Butoh imagery, and moving through space. Modified for beginners, or for Taiko players who are looking to learn basic body awareness. Starting with gentle contact improvisation exercises to establish relationship of your body to your bachi, to your drum, and, most importantly, to the ground.

YOUNG PARK

Group affiliation: Raging Asian Women Taiko Drummers (RAW)

Advanced Movement for TaikoSkill level: geared for taiko players who are experienced in movement

Open to players with some previous movement experience (dance, martial art, etc.). Expand your Taiko playing and composition to encompass more movement. Based in fundamental dance techniques and styles, it will expand your movement vocabulary for Taiko performance. Starting with a warm-up exercises to connect you with your body and its capabilities, we will explore moving through space, in both vertical and horizontal planes, learning longer phrases of movement, as well as learning how to take weight in the hands. Workshop participants will also be learning sections of Young Park’s composition “Moving in Tongues.”  See excerpt here: https://vimeo.com/190613300

YURIKA CHIBA

Group affiliation: San Jose Taiko

Putting Brains in Your Feet: Naname EditionSkill level: Beginner/Intermediate

Do you watch other players move around the drums and wish you knew how to look relaxed and fluid but also play with power at the same time? This workshop will introduce you to the fundamentals of San Jose Taiko’s style of kata, which is based on lower-body engagement and movement. We’ll find more power and fluidity by helping to you to use your entire body to play taiko. We’ll create a connection between your feet and fingertips while at the same time giving you options for spicing up your movement repertoire!

YURIKA CHIBA

Group affiliation: San Jose Taiko

Taiko Olympics!Skill level: YOUTH

This workshop for youth will combine lots of taiko-based drills and activities into a fun and friendly competition where one team will win the NATC 2017 Taiko Olympics gold medal! It won’t just be about how fast you play, but how well your team does in embodying San Jose Taiko’s 4 Principles of Kata (form), Musical Technique, Ki (Energy) and Attitude. And most importantly – TEAMWORK. The workshop will challenge you, but it will also be fun!

YURIKA CHIBA

Group affiliation: San Jose Taiko

Taiko Activities for the Young and Young at Heart Skill level: ALL

Children learn faster when they want to. This workshop for adult instructors will cover basic teaching principles, which will help you to make intrinsically motivating and meaningful taiko lessons for your youth classes. This is a hands-on session, where you will learn (by doing) fun activities and taiko games for practicing skills. This workshop is designed for those teaching students between the ages of 5-18, although most activities can be modified for any age level.