Archive for September, 2011

On Ensemble radio bit

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

The KUSC radio program “Spotlight on the Arts” interviewed me regarding our upcoming performance at Armstrong Theater. Here is the blurb they created.

History of term “taiko” in literature

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Google has a fun tool to search through their catalogue of scanned books called the “Ngram Viewer“. The viewer allows users to search for the occurrence of a term or terms in approximately 5,000,000 books from 1800 to 2000. The term “taiko” gives the following, for example.

I’m guessing the spike in the 1960s coincides with the publication of Taiko: An Epic Novel of War and Glory in Feudal Japan by Eiji Yoshikawa (“taiko” also means “great ruler”), but who knows… could it be the influence of Osuwa and Sukeroku?!

Here is a TED video about the project by some of its contributors. Have fun!

Recent book reviews — September 2011

Saturday, September 17th, 2011


Thoughts on Practice essay updated

Monday, September 12th, 2011

For the Taiko Conference workshop last month I also updated my essay on practice. It is shorter, with a few more tips and tricks. Thanks to Danny Yamamoto for the good revision advice!

Bon Taiko Bonanza! workshop

Monday, September 12th, 2011

I taught a slant-drum form and choreography workshop last month at Taiko Conference and had a great time slant-drumming with the group! Here are a few photos and videos that participants have sent my way. Thank you, everyone!

Comprehensive Choreography Correction Clinic


Next Up: Ojai World Music Festival

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Libbey Bowl We are excited about being a part of the the 2011 Ojai World Music Festival!  We’ll be leading hands on Taiko workshops as well as performing two sets on Saturday October 1st.  The entire festival line up can be found at the Ojai World Music Festival website.

Copyleft and the Future of Taiko

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

I wrote a short essay for participants in my workshop at Taiko Conference about sharing and our community. Hope you like it!

More info about copyleft:

On Ensemble in the schools

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Kristine Bretall and the great folks at Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Ketchum, Idaho, produced a fun video about On Ensemble’s school program and collaboration with Footlight Dance. We had such a great time in Ketchum. Thank you, Kristine!

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