VTS AGM

Vancouver Taiko Society
Annual General Meeting
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Hastings Mill Room
4th floor, Woodwards Community Building
111 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC

Buzz 1120 at Hastings Street Entrance (past TD Bank ATM). Call 604-728-8240 for assistance.

Sawagi Taiko Spring Workshops

April 30 – Beginner’s Taiko Workshop

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Have you ever wanted to try the Japanese drums? The really big ones, like at the Powell Street Festival? Now’s your chance to try it out!

This beginner’s workshop will cover the basics of taiko drumming including rhythm and technique. You’ll leave with the satisfaction of having learned a taiko song.

Cost: $65 per person / $50 for students or underemployed
Open to everyone over 16 years of age.
The maximum number of participants is 15 people.
Registration confirmed upon receipt of payment.

Athletic attire and non-marking soft soled shoes are required. Please bring water and a snack.

For more information and to register, please contact us at sawagitaiko@gmail.com.


May 28 – Intermediate Taiko Workshop
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If you loved our beginner’s taiko workshop and can’t wait to get back on the drums, this workshop is for you!

This intermediate workshop will build your taiko skills with a quick review of the basics of taiko drumming before learning an original Sawagi Taiko song. You’ll leave with the satisfaction of building on your taiko skills, and learning an arrangement of a new taiko song.
 
Participants must have completed Sawagi Taiko’s beginner’s taiko workshop or equivalent. Please contact us if you have any questions. 

Cost: $65 per person / $50 for students or underemployed
Open to everyone over 16 years of age who has completed Sawagi Taiko’s beginner’s taiko workshop.
The maximum number of participants is 15 people.
Registration confirmed upon receipt of payment.

Athletic attire and non-marking soft soled shoes are required. Please bring water and a snack.

For more information and to register, please contact us at sawagitaiko@gmail.com.

Uzume Taiko (A)Live in Vancouver!!

MARCH 17, 2017, 8pm

VANCOUVER PLAYHOUSE

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Uzume Taiko perform their unique brand of West Coast Canadian taiko drumming; offering a visual, sonic and sensual experience for Vancouver audiences!
In this Concert, the troupe combines the power and athleticism of Japanese festival drumming with dance and martial arts. This collaboration with Moving Dragon Contemporary Dance and Lorita Leung Dance Company offers a cross-cultural fusion with Chinese sensibilities. Uzume Taiko presents a powerful synthesis of music, movement and theatre and has won fans throughout the world. The Company will release their sixth CD of original Canadian compositions including shinobue flutes and melodic percussion with the taiko drums, recorded live in Holland.
Online tickets at: ticketstonight.ca 

BLOOM: Ink Art Fundraiser

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Nikkei National Museum 8th Annual BLOOM Art Auction
Saturday, May 28, 2016, 7pm-9:30pm (19+)
Tickets $25 + tax | Members $20 + tax
info & tickets 604.777.7000

Gallery exhibit & online preview from May 17, 2016

Taking inspiration from Takao Tanabe’s Sumie works, the Museum’s annual spring fundraiser will be around the theme of INK! Featuring gorgeous pieces by a diverse group of contemporary and traditional artists and artisans who have generously donated work in all media, there will be a preview for two weeks prior in the Nikkei National Museum gallery as well as online. Many of the participating artists will be in attendance.

  • Bid on over 60 select artists’ interpretations of INK
  • Ink Brush Banquet by Open Sesame
  • MC by Tetsuro Shigematsu
  • DJ Rennie Foster
  • Taiko performance by Sansho Daiko
  • Live shodo calligraphy performance by Kisyuu
  • Sumie and calligraphy station
  • a chance to snap up some amazing silent auction prizes!

Miyake Taiko Workshop in Vancouver

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Miyake-Jima Geino Doushi-Kai taiko drumming workshops will be held in Vancouver, Canada, May 28 – May 29 at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Asian Centre Building – Music Studio (room 105). Led by Kazuhiro Tsumura. DETAILS AND REGISTRATION.

There will be two short (2 hour) workshops and an intensive (10 hour) workshop. The short workshops may be suitable for beginners or as a refresher for those who have studied the miyake form in the past. The intensive workshop features advanced techniques, kiyari (the chant), and kagura (shinto ceremonial) version. Beginners to taiko may join the intensive workshop.

Miyake-Jima Geino Doushi-Kai is an organization that is based upon promoting and preserving Miyake Taiko. The organization is founded by Akio Tsumura who comes from Miyake Island  and taught the Miyake Taiko style to the taiko group KODO. His sons will teach the workshops.

Miyake Taiko is a traditional Japanese taiko drumming style that has become popularized through the works of KODO and is performed non-stop for nine hours during ceremonial festivals on Miyake Island, Japan.