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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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 email@example.com for information about any of the above.