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OCTOBER TAIKO BASIC DRILLS WORKSHOP

We enjoyed learning basic drum sticking techniques, taiko form and playing rhythm and movement drills together at the Saturday Workshop. There is a lot of concentration and focus in the first hour of the session and then everyone gets a chance to loosen up and let their energy flow during the group rhythm and movement drills. There is a harmony of sound and spirit that is reached after playing taiko together for two hours! Congratulations to everyone for sharing their energy and creating an uplifting experience together!

Uzume Taiko celebrates their new CD release, "Skin Tones" and their return from touring Germany in a concert with Curtis Andrews, Alcvin Ramos and Special Guests. Hypnotic mbira and shakuhachi flute melodies cross paths with large choreography on resonating barrel drums. South Indian and Ghanaian rhythmic traditions are heard on the range of textures and timbres of the taiko drums. The shakuhachi flute is paired with odd time signatures and sophisticated drum melodies. This show transmits rhythms from around the globe and invigorates audiences!

A taiko player must take good care of their bachi to protect both their hands from splinters and the drum heads from excess wear from sharp, rough tips. A supply of various grade wood sandpaper will assist in the proper maintenance of bachi. Use 100 grit to begin with to sand deep grooves and sharp edges then finish off with 150 to 220 finer grit for a smooth, polished stick. Sanding also removes dirt and dark spots from the drum stick tips which inevitably builds up after prolonged drum playing.

Uzume Taiko trio, Jason Overy, Eileen Kage and Bonnie Soon, will be showcasing at the ArtStarts Showcase on Thursday, March 1 @ 2:45 PM at the Orpheum Annex. The showcase is an opportunity to reach delegates from B.C. school districts who attend the showcase in Vancouver to book events for their schools. The challenge for us is to condense our 45 min school performance to a 12 min showcase piece. The past weeks preparations have included script edits, re-blocking choreography, theatrical set adjustments, prop,mask and costume maintenance and rehearsing the condensed version.

A short film directed by Isaac Carter about Uzume Taiko, Canada’s first professional taiko drumming group. Their name is derived from taiko, the Japanese word for “big drum” and from the goddess of laughter, Ame No Uzume No Mikoto, who according to legend first began taiko drumming. The film gives a taste of the techniques, tools and drive that makes Uzume Taiko unique in the world of taiko.
 

Uzume and other Taiko groups are getting ready for Taikotroniks. Here is a quick story about their rehearsal courtesy of Digital Journal.

On April 6 Vancouver will be celebrating its 125th birthday! Uzume Taiko is excited to be part of the city celebrations, with a performance at the city's Birthday Live, a free event at Jack Poole Plaza at 4pm.

October 31, 2010: Heart of the City Festival, Carnegie Centre, 4pm - 5pm

November 2010: Uzume Taiko will be performing in Schools in the Lower Mainland.

January 2011: Uzume Taiko will be performing in Schools in the Lower Mainland.

February 2011: Uzume Taiko will be touring to schools throughout BC.

April 2011: April 6 Vancouver 125th Celebration @ Jack Poole Plaza 4:00 - 4:40 p.m.