Give the Gift of Taiko
For the percussion lover on your gift list we have numerous ways to rock their world! Get off the couch and fulfil your dream of trying taiko drumming for yourself – and yes, it is as fun as it looks! Keep your New Year’s resolution to get fit and have a blast at the same time.
Katari Taiko 35th Anniversary Concert
Saturday, December 6, 7:30pm
Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton Street
Give an early Christmas gift of many drummers drumming and join Canada’s first taiko group as they celebrate their 35th Anniversary with a concert at the Vancouver Playhouse. Joining Katari Taiko is a host of guests including Chibi Taiko, Sawagi Taiko, Sansho Daiko and Vancouver Okinawa Taiko for an unforgettable concert that will get the blood pumping and the fingers tapping. A special feature of the concert will be sneak peek at a collaborative work-in-progress that looks at the salmon and its importance to not only Japanese Canadian culture but the province itself.
Tickets and info: kataritaiko.bc.ca
KATARI TAIKO ONE DAY TAIKO WORKSHOP
Sunday, January 18, 10am – 4pm
Learn about taiko history, notation, and basic rhythms at this one-day, hands-on workshop. At the end of the workshop, participants will have learned a taiko piece. No previous experience is necessary.
Venue: Taiko Space, Vancouver (just west of Clark Drive)
Fee: $75 general or $50 for students/ seniors/ unemployed.
Participants must be a minimum of 16 years of age.
Please wear loose, comfortable clothing, and bring a lunch. Bring soft soled indoor athletic footwear, or be prepared to go barefoot – street shoes cannot be worn inside the taiko space. Coffee, tea and juice will be provided.
KODO One Earth Tour: Mystery
Thursday, January 29, 8pm
Queen Elizabeth Theatre 650 Hamilton Street
Give the gift of pulses pounding as KODO returns to Vancouver with their groundbreaking new program, One Earth Tour: Mystery. Under the direction of famed Kabuki artist Tamasaburo Bando, KODO will take you into a magical world were serpents coil, and demons and lions move wildly – all to the thunderous roar of the huge drums. One of the can’t-miss shows of 2015.
Sawagi Taiko Workshop Series
6-week ongoing workshop, Sundays
February 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1 & 8
1:00 to 4:00pm
$150 for all 6 classes
Open to everyone over 16 years of age. A maximum of 12 spots available for the classes on a first-paid basis. Registration will be confirmed upon receipt of payment. You will get a solid grounding in taiko form and rhythms. We will focus on proper stance, how to hit the drum, move around the drum, and, of course, you’ll learn to play a song in an arrangement for performance. Please bring water to drink and wear comfortable, athletic attire. Non-marking, soft-soled shoes are required.
For more information and/or to register, contact Helen.