Cross-country tour: Day 27

“Idaho… it’s more than potatoes!”

After Spearfish SD, we made our way to Ketchum ID, for a residency with Sun Valley Center for the Arts. In two, jam-packed days we did three school shows, a rehearsal and collaborative performance with Footlight Dance Company, and a final concert. The word “packed” is particularly apt because all the events were in different locations, so the days involved lots of moving drums. But Kristine, Albert, Britt, and the rest of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts gang were so overwhelmingly helpful and hospitable, that our time in Idaho was some of our best on tour. Thank you to Kristine and Hilarie and everyone who came to our final show!

Kids at one of the schools we visited made us sweet thank-you cards.

Footlight Dance Company choreographed a number of dances to On Ensemble’s music and we did a joint performance at a local high-school. It was a real treat to work with Hilarie and have our music realized in movement. Congratulations to the dancers! Here is Footlight’s interpretation of Shoji’s Watashi Watashitachi.

We then made our way to Ogden UT for two workshops with Ogden Buddhist Taiko. We taught Composition Step By Step and did a Master Class, giving feedback on the structure, playing form, and timing of one of the group’s pieces. It was a fun-filled six hours of taiko. Thank you Stan and Ogden Buddhist Taiko!

Our final workshop was in Las Vegas, with the great Kaminari Taiko. We taught Composition Step By Step and were able to pull together a pretty satisfying draft of a piece in our 2.5 hours, thanks to the 3/4-time base beat suggested by one of the members. There were lots of great ideas all around. Thank you Jen and Kaminari Taiko!

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