Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC)
Online ticket sales will end midnight, Saturday, August 20. There will be tickets available at the Rio Theatre on Sunday. The box office opens at 1pm. The concert starts at 2pm.
The Vancouver Taiko Society is pleased to host the 2016 Regional Taiko Gathering. Held every two years, the RTG is chance for taiko groups from the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada to gather and share our love and passion for taiko. This is the third RTG to be held in Vancouver; the previous ones were held in 2002 and 2008.
The 2016 Regional Taiko Gathering will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 20-21, 2016 at the Britannia Secondary School in Vancouver, BC. Registration includes a plenary session and the registrant's choice of up to three workshops, pending availability. Once you register, you will be able to purchase RTG t-shirts, concert and banquet tickets separately.
2016 Regional Taiko Gathering
WHEN Saturday, 20 August 2016, 9am - Sunday, 21 August 2016, 4pm
WHERE Britannia Secondary School 1001 Cotton Dr, Vancouver, BC
Registration ($180) closes Tuesday, August 2, 2016
The registration fee includes a plenary session and the registrant's choice of up to three workshops pending availability. Workshop selection will begin mid-June and instructions will be sent to the registrant's email. Participants will be assigned to workshops in order of registration. The earlier you register, the better chance you have of receiving your workshop selections.
During the online registration, you will be able to purchase RTG t-shirts, concert and banquet tickets separately. You will be able to get your concert ticket at reduced price! If you like to order concert tickets for family and friends, please go to 2016rtgconcert.eventbrite.ca
PARKING Free parking is available in front of the school. Turn onto Cotton Drive from Venables and you'll drive into the parking area for the school and community centre.
RTG 2016 will take place on unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish First Nations.
The beating heart of RTG is the workshops, spread out over the two days. A number of well-respected taiko leaders and other artists will present a variety of hands-on workshops that will be of value to players of varying experience and abilities.
Albert St. Albert (Vancouver)
Albert St. Albert Smith has been a professional musician, performer and composer for 40 years and has taught courses at SFU for the past 29 years. He is also the founding director of Simon Fraser University, Ghana Field School Arts program.
Gerardo Avila (Vancouver)
A professional solo clown, mime, magician and poet since 1974, Gerardo has been teaching mask work, physical theatre and circus arts for many years.
Masami Hanashiro (Vancouver)
One of the founding members of Vancouver Okinawa Taiko, Masami has been playing "Eisa" since 2004, promoting the Okinawan folk performing art in BC.
Noriko Kobayashi (Vancouver)
Noriko spent eight years in Tokyo studying with Oedo Sukeroku Taiko, teaching taiko to school children and adults in HanaYori Taiko.
Hiroshi Koshiyama and Naomi Guilbert (Winnipeg)
Hiroshi and Naomi founded Fubuki Daiko in Winnipeg in 1995. They received their formative training from Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka.
Jillian Masuhara (Vancouver)
Jillian is a passionate yogi, weightlifter and taiko player who loves finding ways to incorporate honest movement into everything she does.
Garrett Nakawatase and Tyrone Nakawatase (Seattle)
Tyrone and Garrett started playing taiko in 1988 and 1989 respectively, and have performed with Tsunami Taiko, One World Taiko and are currently leaders of Inochi Taiko.
Kristy Oshiro (Sacramento & San Francisco Bay Area)
A freelance taiko artist, she has performed and given taiko workshops in the US, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, Italy, Russia, Australia, and New Zealand.
Jason Overy (Vancouver)
A university-trained classical percussionist, Jason has been Musical Director of Uzume Taiko for over ten years, combining his lifelong love of percussion and martial arts.
Bonnie Soon (Vancouver)
Artistic Director of Uzume Taiko, Bonnie has led workshops for youth and adults in private, educational, community and conference settings.
Ringtaro Tateishi (Seattle)
Ringtaro is the cofounder of The School of Taiko and the newly formed Chikiri in Seattle. He is a very engaging performer and passionate about teaching taiko.
Tiffany Tamaribuchi (Sacramento)
Tiffany is totally TaikoBaka. She is a spirited performer and an exceptional teacher of many different aspects of taiko.
Karen Young & Lee Ann Teylan (Boston/Seattle)
Karen was a founding member of Odaiko New England and is the Founding Director of The Genki Spark, a pan-Asian women's arts and advocacy organization that uses taiko as a vehicle for building leaders committed to social change while advocating respect for all.