Workshops

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SESSION I

Naname Technique – Stuart Paton
Alumnae Hall Auditorium

Naname, or slant-style drumming, is one of the most played styles. This workshop will focus on topics ranging from the basics to more advanced and subtle details of this style. Some of these include topics such as stance, range of motion, grip, palm orientation, joint alignment, koshi and accessing chi. A great workshop for beginners, intermediate taiko players, and anyone looking to refresh their naname stance fundamentals.

Storytelling with a Mission: Taiko and Social Change – Karen Young
Salomon 101

The Genki Spark is a multi-generational, pan-Asian women’s arts and advocacy group that uses personal narratives and Japanese taiko drumming to develop leadership, build community, and advocate respect for all. In this workshop, participants will view their documentary and learn about their involvement (as both performers and organizers) with the Tule Lake Pilgrimage. Explore how personal stories told on and off stage, as well as an intentionally built internal culture, can be powerful vehicles for social change. Come prepared to share your story and discuss how taiko can make a difference both on a personal, communal, and institutional level.

Ei Ja Nai Ka? – PJ Hirabayashi
Kasper Multipurpose Room

Ei Ja Nai Ka is an open source piece that has become a popular North American taiko folk dance that is even being danced in local obons. Through a sequence of energizing activities, participants will embody rhythms in movement, dance, voice, and taiko. Share Ei Ja Nai Ka in the spirit of unifying people to play and dance with open heart and abandonment. All levels of experience are welcome, and bring bachi! Video preview here!

Odaiko – Tiffany Tamaribuchi
Sayles Auditorium

This workshop covers a set of fundamental techniques to help players of all levels improve their overall technique when playing Odaiko.  Whether you are playing in an ensemble piece, are an accompanist or a soloist, and whether you are an accomplished performer or you haven’t had a chance to try playing Odaiko yet, the skill sets covered in this class have helped hundreds of players to play with more power, spirit, control, stamina, and confidence. Please try to bring your own odaiko bachi.
***Please try to bring your own odaiko bachi.

Bachi Maneuvers – Mark H. Rooney
RISD Auditorium

Find out why this is Mark’s most popular workshop! Learn how to spin, throw, and catch your bachi as a way to spice up your solo, performance, or composition. Basic and advanced tricks will be taught as well as exercises for how to practice them. Mark H. will also reveal the secrets to making simple tricks appear more impressive and the deeper universal philosophies behind these (seemingly) superfluous skills. Open to all levels!

Hachijo Basics – Hase Mikita
Salomon DECI 101

Hachijo daiko is a communal style of taiko drumming passed down from a remote island to the far south of Tokyo. Performed almost entirely improvised, the performers have fun by showing each other their individual techniques. In this workshop, Hase Mikita will be introducing the basic style Outai-kamae (横対構え), in which Hachijo daiko is mostly presented. Additionally participants will go over other styles of hitting and basic rhythms in Hachijo daiko.

Intro to Timing: How Not to Rush – Kris Bergstrom
Kassar Foxboro Auditorium

Not rushing, even when playing together, is often one of the hardest challenges for taiko players and groups. In this workshop participants learn how the metronome works, what causes taiko timing issues, and straightforward methods to tackle timing, both as individual players and in groups. Open to all levels!

Movement and Flow from the Core – Shoji Kameda
TF Green 205

This workshop is originally from a set of workshops that focus on the core movement and rhythmic concepts of the one of the taiko world’s most popular compositions, Omiyage. This workshop focuses on how to generate movement from the core and how to redirect that movement into longer phrases. Techniques and drills will be introduced that take a simple core rotation and demonstrates in a step by step fashion how this simple movement turns into the flowing phrases of Omiyage. Video preview here!

Ji Patterns and Soloing Musically – Kenny Endo
Petteruti Lounge

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. In this workshop 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.

Video Presentation – Kaoru Watanabe
RISD Met B

In this workshop, Kaoru will give an overview of the large variety of traditional and contemporary Japanese music and dance. This will include things that many taiko players don’t know about but are at the root of almost everything being done on the taiko today. Kaoru guarantees that this presentation will “put things into a very different perspective, linking taiko to its original function.”

How Leaders Lead – Roy Hirabayashi
RISD Met C

This workshop takes a look at different ways to take on a leadership role in your group. Defining leadership and identifying various leadership models will be discussed. Also, how to manage the other members of the group, drill exercises to help bring the group together and suggestions on how to best maintain order and focus during your practice and performance will be reviewed.

Kumidaiko (Taiko Set) – Ishindaiko
RISD Taproom

Use of the taiko set is very common in Brazilian taiko, It expresses the influence of the Japanese taiko styles that have passed through Brazil. In this workshop participants will focus on playing with the duality between high and low of the taiko set. This workshop is an invitation for those who want a new sound approach to the Japanese drums and their sounds.

Stage Presence – Soh Daiko
Alumnae Crystal Room

Performance is more than just being able to play the piece. In this workshop, members of Soh Daiko will go over the subtle aspects of stage presence that they use to take their performances to the next level. This includes concepts like posture, carrying yourself on stage, carrying equipment onto stage, moving equipment as a group during transitions, and asking the right questions to ensure a smooth performance, etc. This workshop is open to all levels.


SESSION II

Naname Technique – Stuart Paton
Alumnae Hall Auditorium

Naname, or slant-style drumming, is one of the most played styles. This workshop will focus on topics ranging from the basics to more advanced and subtle details of this style. Some of these include topics such as stance, range of motion, grip, palm orientation, joint alignment, koshi and accessing chi. A great workshop for beginners, intermediate taiko players, and anyone looking to refresh their naname stance fundamentals.

Community Building 101: How to Build and Develop a Supportive Leadership Culture – Karen Young
Salomon Hall 001

What makes groups function well? A leadership culture where initiative is encouraged and supported requires building a trusting community. What is a community and how do you intentionally build it? Groups function better and move faster when people feel supported and empowered. In this workshop, participants will discuss key leadership concepts and share their experiences with others. This will not be a lecture-only workshop, be prepared to make new friends and practice community building in this session!

Odaiko – Tiffany Tamaribuchi
Sayles Auditorium

This workshop covers a set of fundamental techniques to help players of all levels improve their overall technique when playing Odaiko.  Whether you are playing in an ensemble piece, are an accompanist or a soloist, and whether you are an accomplished performer or you haven’t had a chance to try playing Odaiko yet, the skill sets covered in this class have helped hundreds of players to play with more power, spirit, control, stamina, and confidence. Please try to bring your own odaiko bachi.
***Please try to bring your own odaiko bachi.

Bachi Maneuvers – Mark H. Rooney
RISD Auditorium

Find out why this is Mark’s most popular workshop! Learn how to spin, throw, and catch your bachi as a way to spice up your solo, performance, or composition. Basic and advanced tricks will be taught as well as exercises for how to practice them. Mark H. will also reveal the secrets to making simple tricks appear more impressive and the deeper universal philosophies behind these (seemingly) superfluous skills. Open to all levels!

Jack Bazar Introduction – Kris Bergstrom
Kassar Foxboro Auditorium

Start learning one of the taiko world’s most exciting naname pieces, from the composer!  Jack Bazaar features advanced choreography and diverse taiko techniques. This workshop focuses on the parts that are hardest to decipher from on-line videos and other sources and provides useful concepts for tackling the piece on your own or with your group. Video preview here!

What? Play Taiko with Roy and PJ? A Master Class in Kumidaiko Core Values – Roy and PJ Hirabayashi
Kasper Multipurpose Room (KPM)

The founders of San Jose Taiko will give a participatory, inside look to the group’s steadfast guiding principles: Kata, Ki, Musical Technique, and Attitude. Participants will play with Roy and PJ in a set of fun and invigorating exercises that will strengthen and illuminate their capacity to play kumidaiko with a deeper connectedness. Come with bachi, curiosity, and an open mind.

Miyake (Contemporary Version, Not Traditional) – Kaoru Watanabe
Salomon DECI 101

Participants will learn the basic training methodologies for this very demanding and difficult piece from the only taiko player living in the U.S. who was a featured Miyake soloist with Kodo, arguably the standard bearer for playing this piece. This workshop aims to teach those already familiar with the piece the more subtle nuances of playing it and therefore is not suggested as an introductory course.
***Please try to bring your own Miyake bachi.

Three Levels of Understanding – Shoji Kameda
TF Green 205

This workshop is originally part of a series of workshops that focus on deepening listening abilities, playing in an ensemble and lays the foundation for learning ‘Ready Set kaDON.’ In this workshop participants will focus on developing a deeper level of understanding simple parts. A set of patterns will be used to challenge the participants to understand these their relationships to one another more deeply. The drills from this workshop can also be applied to any taiko piece in order to improve timing, performance and ensemble playing.

Ji Patterns and Soloing Musically – Kenny Endo
Petteruti Lounge

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. In this workshop 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.

Building Taiko Stands – Miles Endo
RISD Met B

Taiko stands are some of the most important equipment in your taiko van. Frequently overlooked, it is important to have stands that support your equipment at the right height and angle, while being portable, sturdy and lightweight. In this workshop Miles Endo will teach participants how to build basic stands using simple tools to achieve more versatility in playing styles.

Discourse About The History of Wadaiko (Japanese Taiko) and Its Future – Hase Mikita
RISD Met C

Today, millions of people, not only from Japan but also every part of the world, enjoy Wadaiko (Japanese drumming). Additionally In the last 50 years many new styles of playing have stemmed from Wadaiko. How was taiko before those 50 years? How did Japanese taiko spread throughout the world? From this point on what should we pass down to future generations? This workshop will include a lecture on the history of Wadaiko by Hase Mikita and then a discussion where participants can also share their opinions and thoughts about the topic.

Brazilian Rhythms – Ishindaiko
RISD Taproom

Brazil has dozens of unique musical styles coming from all regions of the country. This workshop will give participants a taste of some of these rhythms including Capoeira, Samba, Axé, Arrocha and Funk Carioca. The exact original rhythms won’t be taught but instead taiko adaptations of them. They are quick to learn, fun, sound good on taiko drums and good for any taiko ensemble gig.

Stage Presence – Soh Daiko
Alumnae Crystal Room

Performance is more than just being able to play the piece. In this workshop, members of Soh Daiko will go over the subtle aspects of stage presence that they use to take their performances to the next level. This includes concepts like posture, carrying yourself on stage, carrying equipment onto stage, moving equipment as a group during transitions, and asking the right questions to ensure a smooth performance, etc. This workshop is open to all levels.


SESSION III

LATI’s Favorite Drills – Kris Bergstrom
Kassar Foxboro Auditorium

Drills are always a great way to improve playing at any level. Los Angeles Taiko Institute has taught more than 2000 taiko classes since its inception in 2013.  Learn the drills that professional taiko teachers find most effective and fun. Open to all levels!

Injury Prevention – Tiffany Tamaribuchi
Kasper Multipurpose Room (KPM)

We create a lot of interesting physical demands on our bodies when we move through our day-to-day lives, but more so when we play taiko.  I’ve seen a lot of people suffer significant and very often preventable injuries over the past 30+ years while on tour, I’ve recovered from injuries that I thought were career-ending, and I’ve also worked with a lot of people who are dealing with pre-existing conditions that make it harder for them to enjoy playing.  We’re going to cover the most common types of injuries for taiko players and how they typically occur, and we’re going to cover a bunch of simple, practical, and well-considered techniques designed to help you minimize risk of injury for yourself and your fellow group members.

Odaiko – Stuart Paton
Sayles Auditorium

This workshop acts as an introduction to the basic as well as more advanced concepts of playing odaiko. Some of these concepts include: stance, range of motion, grip, palm orientation, joint alignment, koshi, supplemental power sources/accessing chi, resistance breathing, voice, posture, eye-and facial postures to access energy pockets and more!
***Please try to bring odaiko bachi if you have some.

Unleashing Your Inner Genki: How to be More of YOU as a Performer – Karen Young
Petteruti Lounge

Looking for ways to spice up your game face on stage? Not sure how to bring more of YOU to your pieces? Are you trying to figure out an artistic direction for your group? Come experience this interactive workshop! Genki is a Japanese word that means happy, healthy, full of life! Participants will be working both with drums and in groups to share and encourage each other to let out your own personal “inner Genki” and spirit. Come prepared to be open, have fun, and learn more about yourself as a performer. This workshop is appropriate for all performance levels.

Shin-En (Open Source Song) – Mark H. Rooney
Salomon DECI 101

This simple yet dynamic song involves a number of skills as a taiko performer and drummer. It has been played by numerous groups in both the States and Japan and can be easily adapted to fit any taiko groups style or repertoire. Video preview here!

Key to your Ki – PJ Hirabayashi
TF Green 205

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. This workshop will challenge participants in movement, rhythm, timing and improvisational skills, all without using taiko… the ki to becoming a better taiko player. All levels of experience are welcome.

Ko-Kyo-Gaku – Hase Mikita
Grant Recital Hall

This workshop Hase Mikita will first begin by going over some of the most fundamental points about playing taiko. Following that, he will teach a very fun and easy to remember piece called Ko-Kyo-Gaku (興郷楽). This is an original piece by Hase Mikita, and because it is copyright free, participants are welcome to take it back to their groups to teach and perform.

Improv Games – Shoji Kameda
Alumnae Hall Auditorium

Originally part of a series of workshops on improvisation and solo development, this workshop focuses on improvisation games that will build improvisation skills all while having fun in a relaxed supportive atmosphere. These games although fun are serious drills that build the ability to improvise and compose by developing listening skills, paying attention to texture, and creating patterns. All levels are welcome.

Taiko Set – Kenny Endo
RISD Auditorium

Taiko set is the practice and performance techniques of playing multiple taiko. In this workshop Kenny will introduce participants to basic concepts and techniques to begin playing in this style. Some of these concepts include basic grooves, independence, soloing, traditional Japanese rhythms, and accompanying.

Taiko Reheading Technique – Miles Endo
RISD Met B

If your taiko are sounding a bit muddy, or have holes in the heads, you should re-head them! In this class, Miles will walk through the steps to bring an old taiko back to life, starting with the rawhide and finishing up by sinking the last tacks in.

Fue – Kaoru Watanabe
RISD Met C

This workshop is open to all levels, including beginners, and will give participants broader insight into not just fue playing but taiko as well. The first half of the workshop will be a lecture/demonstration on different types of fue, the shinobue, noh kan and ryuteki with background information on the types of music they are used in and their construction. Afterwards participants will do basic breathing, fingering and playing techniques. There will also be the opportunity for participants to play pieces from their repertoire and receive advice and guidance from Kaoru on how they could improve on their playing.
***Please bring your own fue if possible. Extra fue will be available for purchase.

Yajyuu – Ishindaiko
RISD Tap Room

Yajyuu – Wild Beast. In this workshop, participants will begin learning this a piece; a song in which the players embody the beast itself: their sounds, their posture, their voracity, their attacks and their intimidation. In some parts, participants will recreate the sounds of the jungle, the mystery and the tense atmosphere that is established before and during a hunt. This song is the winner of the 2013 Brazillian Taiko Contest. Video preview here!

Basics to Composition and Improvising – Roy Hirabayashi
Alumnae Crystal Room

Writing a new song or improvising a solo follows the same basic fundamental concepts. This workshop will cover the basic do’s and don’ts of composing. Workshop participants will engage in various activities to demonstrate and understand these key points. No prior composing experience is necessary. All levels can benefit from this workshop, however it is geared towards the novice and intermediate level composers


 

The 2017 East Coast Taiko Conference will offer 3 workshop sessions (click here for the full ECTC schedule) for all participants.

>>Sign-up for workshops here!<<

Before you sign-up, be sure to check out our Workshops page for workshop details. Submit workshop preference forms by Jan. 23 to ensure placement.

Please note the following:

  • If you submit the workshop preference form, but have not registered for the conference, your preferences will not be accepted.
  • On the workshop preference form, please indicate the email address used to register your name for ECTC, even if it is not your personal email.
  • All workshop offerings are subject to change.
  • We will assign participants to their workshop preferences based on registration tier.
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