Workshops 12th UK Taiko Festival

Workshops at 12th UK Taiko Festival

Workshop Leaders

Karen Young, The Genki Spark
Martin Doyle & Shonagh Walker, Tsuchigumo Daiko
Shogo Yoshii, former senior member of Kodo
Shoji Kameda, On Ensemble & kaDON
Ting-Chi Li, San Francisco Taiko Dojo

To find out more about the workshop leaders please scroll to the bottom of the page.

  • A selection of workshops are now available to book for the Festival either on Saturday 1st or Sunday 2nd July, all taking place at the Alexander Building on the University of Exeter Campus (more info here).
  • The workshops will cover a range of styles including yoko-uchi, shime, katsugi (sling) okedo, naname (slant-stand) and beta (down-stand).
  • All workshops apart from Karen’s are £25. They are all non-refundable and unless noted otherwise suitable only for those 18yrs+. There will be workshops suitable for beginners and more intermediate players.
  • There are no limits to how many spaces you can book, either as a group or individually. Max participants per workshop range from 10 – 18.
  • Within 24 hours of booking your space(s) you will receive a confirmation email from the UK Taiko Festival Team. If you’ve booked for more than one person per workshop please ensure you let the team know who the spaces are for.
  • If a workshop says it is sold out please email info@taikofestival.org.uk to go on a waiting list.

Any queries please get in touch, info@taikofestival.org.uk.


Bookings

The workshop schedule and descriptions are below.

Please use the PayPal drop-down menu to choose the workshop you want to do and click on ‘add to cart’, a new window will open where you can choose the quantity for that workshop. Keep the PayPal page open, then you can come back to this page to choose any other workshops you may want to do and the PayPal page will update automatically.

Please double check your basket in PayPal before paying for your space(s).

Any issues or queries please email info@taikofestival.org.uk.


12th UK Taiko Festival Workshops




Workshop Schedule & Descriptions

Saturday Morning

9.30 – 11.30

SOLD OUT – Intonation & Beats – Shogo Yoshii
A workshop on down-stands concentrating on body work, intonation and beats. Shogo will take you through the importance of using your whole body to play taiko and the power than comes from having a solid root. A useful workshop for those looking to develop their basic form and technique.  Suitable for beginners.

Max. 18 places

SOLD OUT – OK, Katsugi! – Tsuchigumo Daiko
Participants will be taken through an introduction to katsugi okedo playing, beginning with a primer on optimal drum setup, basic grips, and arm movements, before being shown exercises designed to improve technique (especially left hand technique), when playing both front skin and horizontally. A variety of specially created drills and patterns will be used to help improve speed, power, dexterity, and rhythmic vocabulary. The workshop also features exercises for maintaining control of the drum whilst moving.

Max. 11 places


 

Saturday Afternoon

2.30 – 4.30

SOLD OUT – Body Movement and Taiko Playing – Ting-Chi Li 

This workshop is to help the participants use their body more effectively and efficiently to produce quality sound while playing taiko. The workshop will start with warm up exercises and lead to various dynamic drills: from how to use centrifugal force to how to move between drum. These drills will help the participants build the “bellybutton connection.”

Max. 18 places

Unleashing Your Inner Genki: How to be More of YOU as a Performer – Karen Young
For a variety of reasons some people have a hard time showing themselves on the stage. Believe it or not, many taiko players feel shy! How can we set up an environment where people feel comfortable shining? How can we get beyond smiling because that is what we’ve been told to do to something more genuine? Often this starts with building a supportive group culture. Genki is a Japanese word that means happy, healthy, full of life! We will play games and work in small groups to share tips and our experiences showing our “inner Genki” and spirit. Participants will leave with tools and perspectives to take back and share with their groups. Come prepared to be open, have fun, and learn more about yourself as a performer. This workshop is appropriate for all levels. This workshop will include a mixture of discussion, small group exercises, and some practice on drums.

Max. 16 participants


SOLD OUT – Explore the Space – Tsuchigumo Daiko

In this workshop we hope to provide a fundamental ‘taiko toolbox’ of movement patterns and rhythmic expressions to help participants effectively ‘colour’ the space around them, both on and off the drum. Using drills inspired in part by the rhythms and movements of Hokuriku style and martial arts, we hope to help demystify solo improvisation on the drum and improve general movement around the playing space, including an introduction to bachi tricks. The workshop will also focus on increasing awareness of optimal striking positions, dynamic grips and stances, and exercises to help strengthen the individual’s internal clock.

Max. 16 places


Sunday Morning

11.00 – 1.00

SOLD OUT – Yoko-uchi Workshop – Shogo Yoshi
A yoko-uchi workshop incorporating various movement. Yoko-uchi is drumming to the side with drums on up-stands. This style involves different stance and technique. This workshop will focus on various elements of yoko-uchi playing. For intermediate players only.

Max. 16 places

SOLD OUT – The Movement and Flow of Omiyage – Shoji Kameda 
Topics covered: Moving from the Core, Interlocking Ji, Movement Phrasing
Experience: Beginning to Intermediate

This workshop focuses on the core movement and rhythmic concepts of the piece ‘Omiyage’ one of the taiko world’s most popular compositions. This series will lay a strong foundation by exploring how we move from the core and redirect movement from one part of our body to another.  All participants will gain a deeper understanding of how to play from the core, play relaxed and phrase movement which are concepts that can be applied to all playing styles. No previous knowledge of Omiyage is necessary for this workshop.

Max. 16 places

SOLD OUT – Progressive Shime Daiko Technique – Tsuchigumo Daiko
This workshop is designed to improve general technique on shime daiko, using a deconstructed method of playing which promotes relaxation, whilst improving speed, power, accuracy, timing, articulation, and dynamic range. The workshop features a series of challenging drills based around specially selected drum rudiments and rhythmic patterns, which will help expand rhythmic vocabulary and demystify solo composition.

Max. 16 places

 


 

Workshop Leader Bio’s

Karen YoungKaren Young
Karen is the Founding Director of the Asian women’s taiko group The Genki Spark based in Boston, MA, USA. Deeply committed to inspiring others to use the art of taiko as a vehicle for empowerment and social change, Karen leads workshops on community building and leadership development designed to build relationships and give people tools to lead others. She’s led workshops for the taiko community most recently in San Diego (USA), Vancouver (Canada), and Exeter (UK) and local groups working to empower immigrants, youth, and members of the LGBTQ community. Karen got her start as a founding member of Odaiko New England and has been a been a member of the North American Taiko Community since 1997.
Martin PoseMartin Doyle
Martin has been drumming for 22 years, first as a kit drummer in various heavy metal bands, and playing taiko for the last six and a half years. He discovered Taiko whilst studying for his honours degree in Popular Music Performance at Perth UHI, joining the Mugen Taiko Dojo in 2010 before becoming a full-time member of Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers for whom he toured professionally for five years. In early 2016, he founded Tsuchigumo Daiko through which he expresses his love of music, martial arts, and physical fitness. 
Shogo 01 webShogo Yoshii
Born in Yokohama, Japan, Shogo was a member of KODO from 2003-2013, performing internationally at approximately 1,000 venues. He also played an active role in stage production and composition. Since debuting as a solo artist in 2013, Shogo has produced musical components and performed at various dance productions in Japan and worldwide. He has also been involved with Barcelona’s “Matsuri Japan” in recent years and currently performs as part of a world tour of a dance production “fractusV” by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.
Shoji webShoji Kameda
Shoji is a Grammy nominated musician, composer and producer. He started playing taiko at the age of 8 and has played continuously since. Collaborations with international artists have taken Shoji to Bali, Malaysia, French Guiana, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia, Thailand and the Philippines. Shoji is a founding member of On Ensemble and the group’s primary creative force. In 2013 On Ensemble was invited to perform at the National Theater of Japan for their prestigious “Nihon no Taiko” series. Recently Shoji has partnered with taiko master Kenny Endo, leading taiko and fue artist Kaoru Watanabe and instrument maker Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten to create kaDON a new online venture dedicated to providing high quality video instruction for taiko and fue.
Sho BounceShonagh Walker
Shonagh began playing Taiko in an extra-curricular school group at Cleveden Secondary School in Glasgow.  After leaving school, she joined the Mugen Taiko Dojo and was a member there for over eleven years, during which time she became a leading player in Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers, one of the dojo’s lead instructors, and a workshop leader. Shonagh co-founded Tsuchigumo Daiko in 2016, and  balances her love of Taiko with her professional life as a scientist.
ting-chiTing-Chi Li
Ting-Chi has been studying taiko under Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka since 2000. As an active performing member of San Francisco Taiko Dojo from 2000 to 2009, she has performed and toured with SFTD. Besides performing, Ting-Chi has assisted Tanaka Sensei teaching in SFTD and North America Taiko Conferences. Before playing taiko, Ting-Chi was a contemporary dancer. She has been a professional language teacher for 18 years.