Mountain River Taiko

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May 2, 2014
On April 19th members of Mountain River Taiko Community Group performed our longest set yet at the annual Smith College Sazanami club’s Hanami (Flower) festival. This marks our third year at Hanami Festival, the most public performance opportunity we have had yet in Hampshire County. We have had the time to hone our taiko skills and have costumes designed as we have increased our song repertoire. Our next performance will be on Saturday, May 10th, in Brookline at the Sakura Festival. Please let your friends in the Boston area know about this fun opportunity to see taiko groups from all over New England play and to engage in Japanese crafts and other activities. Stay tuned for a poster with details. Also, I will be offering a new series of beginner classes for adults and teens. Please stay tuned to this website, or follow us at Mountain River Taiko on facebook, or email me at: mountainrivertaiko@gmail.com.

On April 19th members of Mountain River Taiko Community Group performed our longest set yet at the annual Smith College Sazanami club’s Hanami (Flower) festival. This marks our third year at Hanami Festival, the most public performance opportunity we have had yet in Hampshire County. We have had the time to hone our taiko skills and have costumes designed as we have increased our song repertoire. Our next performance will be on Saturday, May 10th, in Brookline at the Sakura Festival. Please let your friends in the Boston area know about this fun opportunity to see taiko groups from all over New England play and to engage in Japanese crafts and other activities. Stay tuned for a poster with details. Also, I will be offering a new series of beginner classes for adults and teens. Please stay tuned to this website, or follow us at Mountain River Taiko on facebook, or email me at: mountainrivertaiko@gmail.com.

 
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May 2, 2014

Happy Spring Taiko Enthusiasts!

At long last even though it’s been cooler and raining more than we would like, spring has definitely arrived in the Pioneer Valley! A few days ago I enjoyed the blossoms on the cherry trees in Amherst and this morning noted the many greens reaching through their blanket of soggy leaves toward the sun in my own yard here in Williamsburg. 

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January 8, 2014

Announcing: Teens Taiko!

Mountain River Taiko is pleased to announce the start of an 8 week taiko class for early teens. Here are the details:

Japanese Taiko Drumming for Beginning Teens

Dates: Sundays, 4-5:30 p.m. beginning on February 2, and culminating with a brief recital at the Smith College Hanami Festival on April 19th (8 classes not counting the recital and time off for Spring Break).

Where: Mountain River Taiko Dojo, central Williamsburg, MA.

Who: Teens ages 11-16 at time class starts.

Why: Learn a dynamic, energizing form of percussion and movement while getting to know about some Japanese cultural traditions.

Cost: $120 for entire session, may be paid in two monthly installments beginning at first class. Includes use of instruments and drum sticks.

Instructor: Olga Ehrlich, Founder and Director of Mountain River Taiko, established in 2010. For biographical information please go to the first page of this blog.

To register or ask questions: mountainrivertaiko@gmail.com

Thank you! 

Please like us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mountainrivertaiko

January 3, 2014

Happy New Year!!

Welcome to 2014 taiko enthusiasts of the Pioneer Valley! 

Despite the lack of recent posts, Mountain River Taiko Community Group has been very busy and productive. We have introduced tech/composition drills into our regular schedule and are busy preparing a new performance set for the Hanami Festival at Smith College in April. 

And speaking of Smith College, I’ll be leading a taiko group for members of the Smith College community this Spring, beginning in January and culminating with a recital in April. Stay tuned!!

Lastly, this Spring will also see an early teens taiko class for beginners meeting on Sunday afternoons if there is enough interest. 

Please email me at mountainrivertaiko@gmail.com for information about any of the above. 

Arigato gozaimasu! 

October 6, 2013

Ringo Matsuri

Abby and I just returned from Burlington Taiko (Vermont) biennial fall taiko festival. It was an afternoon and evening of sharing taiko, teaching and learning new pieces, and the event ended with all participants soloing and playing ji on BTG’s BIG odaiko. We connected with some old friends and met many new ones from O To Wa Taiko, Gendo Taiko, Genki Spark, Odaiko New England, SUNY Pottsdam, and of course, Burlington Taiko. What a fantastic group of folks!

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August 18, 2013

Adult Beginner Taiko Classes

Hello taiko enthusiasts!

If you are 17 or older and interested in taiko for this coming fall, please email: mountainrivertaiko@gmail.com. 

I am gauging interest and likely commitment for an 8 week beginners class starting late September. Please let me know your availability for either Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday evenings. 

Thanks! I look forward to sharing taiko with you!