Session 3 In-person Course Listing 12-Weeks - September 13 ~ December 6, 2021
Naname Fundamentals (M1~5 Recital Prep) - by Yuta Kato
Great for beginners or those who have been away from taiko for a while and want to review the basics.
Covers fundamentals of the Naname Style (drum oriented on diagonal stand)
Culminates to M1~5 Arrangement Piece for the Recital
(Listed by Style and Alphabetical Order)
Awakening - by David Wells (Course has been cancelled)
Originally composed for Aiki Taiko in Whittier, CA, this piece focuses on use of dynamics, some syncopation, and careful timing. The piece uses beta style and combines elements of "power" taiko with practice of musicality along with brief, simple solos.
Dokokara - by Yuta Kato
Originally commissioned and performed by Zenshin Daiko, "Dokokara" draws its name from taiko syllabary, where “doko” means two strikes in the center of the drum and “kara” is two on the rim. In Japanese, the phrase “doko kara?” also means "where from?". The piece’s arrangement plays on the concept of the rippling effects of energy on its surroundings. Where does energy come from? And where does it go?
Mata Ne - by Fred Visaya
A continuation of Session 2's 'Mata Ne Prep' (not required for enrollment).
"Mata Ne" loosely translates to "Until we meet again", and serves as a reminder that although everyone has their own journey, any good-byes aren't forever, and we should look forward to our next encounter. I wrote “Mata Ne” in 2015 as a thank you gift for Puna Taiko, my taiko group on the Big Island of Hawaii; it was my way of expressing a joyous "goodbye/until we meet again" before I left the island to study abroad. This song took on additional meaning last year when I made the move to LA to pursue my dream–to study hard and make taiko a career.
Hachijo Solo Development - by Masa Miyano
Saturdays 12-1:45pm (Fridays 8-9:45pm course has been cancelled)
A course designed for students who have taken a Hachijo course or have experience with Hachijo Daiko in the past.
Students will be introduced to a series of drills/exercises that focus on kata, technique, sound, and emotions, encouraging the soloist to speak from the heart through the rhythms played on the drum.
Odaiko Battle - by Isaku Kageyama
If you want to have fun playing Odaiko, this is your lucky day. In this course, we will be learning how to solo (in an ensemble setting) on the Odaiko. This course is recommended to students wanting to learn about improvisation, expand and reinforce their Odaiko technique and learn new Odaiko vocabulary.
Rei - by Isaku Kageyama
If you want to learn an Odaiko piece that is both physically and technically challenging, this is your lucky day. In this course, we will learn Rei, an ensemble piece written for 4 Odaiko. This course is recommended to students wanting to improve Odaiko technique and broaden their range of expression on the Odaiko.
Ji Team - by David Wells
Thursdays 6-7:45pm (No class on November 25 due to Thanksgiving Day)
Rose d'Afrique - by Isaku Kageyama
If you want to play a fun piece that celebrates the Earth's wealth of rhythmic traditions, this is your lucky day. In this course, we will be learning the multi-drum part for Rose d'Afrique. This course is recommended to students wanting to improve small drum technique and increase their world drumming vocabulary.
Summer Reprise (FINALE PIECE) - by UnitOne
Composed and arranged by members of Asano’s performance team UnitOne, this piece will be taught for the first time ever, in-person and online, and will be performed as the Finale Piece at the Recital
You will have the option to learn any of the parts (Chudaiko/Shime+Oke/Odaiko/Kane+Chappa)
For the Fue part, please take David's fue class listed below
Jack Bazaar - taught by Yuta Kato, composed by Kris Bergstrom
Jack Bazaar is arranged from a large set of "named phrases"; movements and rhythms developed as independent building blocks. During a three-year period of choreographic experimentation, more than 130 such phrases were created, revised, practiced, and finally video recorded. The most unique phrases were then selected from the video library and arranged to form Jack Bazaar.
LATI Bayashi - by Isaku Kageyama
If you enjoy playing Bon Daiko and wish you could play all year round, this is your lucky day. In this course, we will be learning the Naname part for LATI Bayashi. This course is recommended for students wanting to expand and reinforce their Naname technique and learn extended Bon Daiko vocabulary.
Modori - by David Wells (Course has been cancelled)
Modori is a joyful piece that combines energetic rhythms and a spirited fue melody to evoke the feeling of warmth and contentment upon returning to something familiar or nostalgic. Participants can expect to practice naname-style movement and swing beat.
LATI Virtual Recital Video
Omiyage - taught by Yuta Kato, composed by Shoji Kameda
Tuesdays 10-11:45am and Wednesdays 8-9:45pm
Omiyage refers to the traditional Japanese custom of gift-giving. During workshops and residency activities, the LA-based TAIKOPROJECT has taught Omiyage and offered it to communities as their omiyage for all the gifts they received from their taiko teachers and community. It is a taiko song that fuses solos, bachi twirling, and a truly unforgettable beat.
Quitiplas in the Pocket - by Manman Mui
Sep 12, 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov 7, 14, 21 (skipping Nov 28), Dec 5
Welcome those who did not participate in the Jul-Aug Session
Continue building on dynamic movement drills that align with the polyrhythmic base-beat
Develop original solo/duet/trio as part of the arrangement
Utilize body percussion to internalize the polyrhythm of Quitiplas (African-Venezuelan style music)
Learn the shime/oke elements of the piece
Create an arrangement to perform for the LATI DONference recital (performing is not required in order to participate in this course )
Previous arrangements of Quitiplas in the Pocket
Video (Mujō Creative) https://youtu.be/m91VJaocvUc
Video (2019 LATI Recital) https://youtu.be/yosXISeM3lg
Video (2021 Taste of Taiko) https://youtu.be/PcfwLwL-WpA
Yodan Uchi - taught by Yuta Kato, composed by Yoshihisa Ishikura , Yutaka Ishizuka, Seido Kobayashi, and Motoei Onozato
Composed by one of the first kumidaiko groups in Japan (Sukeroku Taiko of Tokyo, formed in 1959), "Yodan Uchi" means hitting on 4 levels. As apparent in the piece, the players will hit on all 4 drum heads using one of the most popular taiko styles in existence today. After training for 3 years in Japan, Yuta Kato was granted permission to teach Yodan Uchi by one of the founders of Sukeroku Taiko: Motoei Onozato. This workshop will cover basics and drills essential in playing Yodan Uchi well, along with patterns to use as starting points for your own arrangement.
Fue (outdoors) - by David Wells (Course has been cancelled)