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Public Workshops for Taiko Arts Midwest

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Workshops and Private Lessons
2700 NE Winter Street
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(Please use “2850 Winter Street NE” for online map searches.)

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Saturday, October 14th, 1:00-2:30PM
$40 member/$50 non-member
A Modern Approach to Ji Playing
This workshop is about playing the ji, or underlying groove.  Topics include: useful patterns, time awareness, accompaniment, balance, interaction, sensitivity, and groove.  Discussion and exercises will cover new ideas for practicing and thinking about ji playing.

Sunday, October 15th, 2:00-3:30PM
$40 member/$50 non-member
Edo Kotobuki Jishi
Commonly translated as "lion dance," the shishi mai of Edo (the old name for Tokyo) consists of one person as the shishi and three accompanying musicians playing taiko, atarigane, and shinobue.  Shishi mai performances are thought to bring good fortune and can often be seen at celebratory occasions.  The version taught will be in the style of Wakayama Shachu.

Sunday, October 15th, 3:30-5:00PM
$40 member/$50 non-member
Atarigane Playing
This workshop will cover some effective techniques for playing the atarigane (hand-held gong).  Topics include: exploration of various sounds, grooves, vocalizing patterns, notation, traditional rhythms, and new applications.  Participants are welcome to bring their own, but practice kane will be provided for use during the workshop.

Earlier Event: September 13
On Ensemble at Washington State University
Later Event: October 17
Concert with Enso Daiko in St. Paul, MN