Mountain River Taiko Community Group is excited to support a cultural exchange program between the Longmeadow High School and sister community of Takikawa, Hokkaido, Japan.
We will be playing for the fundraising event on Saturday, November 8th, at 7:00 pm at Longmeadow High School. Students and their teachers from Takikawa will share a local dance and talk about life in Takikawa. Please stay tuned for details about tickets and how to support this yearly international friendship event.
Our last song was the enthusiastic crowd pleaser, Kawamoto, named after the Japanese city where it was composed and played by community taiko groups
We also played our signature tune, Matsuri Daiko. To capture the spirit of some “matsuri”, or festival traditions we have combined taiko, dance and wearing of yukata, japanese summertime robes
Mountain River Taiko played at a lovely engagement party in the Springfield area in September
Hyakunin, a taiko song from the Kyoto area, typically played in the festival setting by many taiko players. “Hyaku” is the word for “one hundred” but unfortunately, we haven’t yet found 100 taiko players in Western Mass!
Fall 2014 Beginner Taiko Classes
MRT hosts guest instructor, Ken Koshio
In May we were fortunate to study with guest teacher, Ken Koshio, originally from Nagoya, Japan, now located in Phoenix, Arizona where he is a taiko teacher and performing artist.
Ken came to teach us a very old song from the Japanese city of Hiroshima called Nicho Daiko. He has studied this song with the cultural heritage society, Hiroshima Taiko Hozonkai.
The song is unique and combines flute (fue), hand cymbals (chappa) and taiko played horizonally. Here is a link to Nicho Daiko, played recently by Fushicho Daiko, of Phoenix, Arizona:
MRTCG with Koshio-san:
Other Spring Happenings…
It’s a little late to post but some other news from this past Spring season included leading the Smith College Taiko Ensemble, a ten week series of taiko classes for Five Colleges students and associates which culminated in a recital with guest Korean dancers and MRTCG members.