In case you missed the PBS Hawaii Special “Feel the Beat” which aired October 31, 2019 on “Hiki No” …students from Hawaiʻi Baptist Academy (Honolulu) tell the story of the taiko drumming class for the deaf held by the Taiko Center of the Pacific. The deaf students learn to drum through visual cues and through a sign language interpreter. Although they cannot hear the drums, they can feel the vibration of the drum beats with their bodies. They don’t consider their deafness as a limitation to taiko drumming and, as a result, their confidence and self-esteem are lifted through this activity.
FUN and ENERGETIC!
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“Give Aloha” donors to Taiko Arts Center of $50 or more receive free “Beta Uchi” workshop participation. “Give Aloha” is Foodland’s Annual Community Fundraising Campaign through the month of September only. Visit: taikoartscenter.org for more information.
The Katsugi Okedo Taiko is a portable drum which is carried slung over one shoulder. It provides freedom to MOVE while you DRUM! This Fall, we offer TWO classes for YOUTH and ADULTS! Monday nights 8-8:55 pm OR Tuesdays 5-5:55 pm. CHECK IT OUT!
Try Japanese Folk Shamisen for Youth & Adults on Thursdays 4:30-5:25 pm
Many TCP members including Kenny Endo and the Adult Performing and Youth Performing Ensembles just got back from the awesome North American Taiko Conference (NATC) 2019 in Portland, Oregon. People from all over the country, Europe, Japan, Canada, and more gathered for workshops. discussions, performances, and concerts.
What a camaraderie which circles around the globe! Both TCP performing ensembles performed – the Youth Group was one of 10 featured groups in “Taiko Ten.” Under the leadership of YG Director Brock Asato, they made TCP proud!
And Kenny Endo and TCP and guests Sumie Kaneko (shamisen, vocals) and Eien Hunter-Ishikawa (vibes, atarigane, fue) were featured performers in Taiko Jam along with San Francisco Taiko Dojo, Kinnara Taiko, and Chieko Kojima.
We had a great time and want to share with you our experiences! All NATC photos are courtesy of TCA (Taiko Community Alliance, Ben Pachter).
BACK TO TAIKO !!!!
Fall Session I begins Sunday, September 8 and runs for six weeks until Thursday, October 17th (sorry……Summer Session III was cancelled). Fall Session II is October 28–December 12. Whether you are an absolute beginner, returning to a former passion or want your children to experience the numerous benefits of playing taiko, TCP has a class to fit your needs!
Class offerings include Taiko Tots (ages 2-4), Family Taiko, Youth thru Adults, Teens, “Nice & Easy,” Taiko for the Deaf Community, Japanese Festival Music, and more. For more information or to register, visit https://taikoarts.com/classes/schedule/
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Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you this session!