Workshops for Taiko Groups

Title: Quitiplas in the Pocket

Recommended workshop duration: 2-3 hours
Video: https://youtu.be/o0FGRU3eCxw
Objectives: Introduction to various drills and exercises that challenges drummers’ listening skills, bachi control and dexterity. The drills lead into the composition “Quitiplas in the Pocket” by Yeeman Mui.

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Brief Workshop Content description: a piece for solo improvisation on the slant style (naname) drums. The poly-meter base beat is adapted from the Venezuelan Quitiplas music with a stylized solo cue created by Yeeman Mui. The piece focuses on creating different tonalities of the drum. The Venezuelan-inspired polymeter backbeat is challenging but also has a distinctive groove that can open up various platforms for improvisation.

Target Skill Level: Intermediate level or with strong music/percussion background, workshop materials can be adapted to beginner level as well

Equipment: Chu daiko with naname stands


Title: Body Bayashi

Recommended workshop duration: 2-3 hours
Video: https://youtu.be/3gb92R-N-r8
Objectives: An innovative approach of practicing rhythm and multiple parts simultaneously. Using body percussion to practice shime and kane parts of “mikoshi bayashi”

Brief Workshop Content description: Learning the main pattern of “Body Bayashi,”a body music/dance piece created during San Francisco International Orff Courses based on the kuchi-shoga of “Mikoshi Bayashi” – a basic pattern from the festival music of old Tokyo, as learned from Kenny Endo-sensei in his ensemble weekly Edo Bayashi practice. The purpose of the dance is to internalize and embody the interlocking relationship between two instruments. A very challenging but fascinating exercise. The exercise can also be applied to any taiko pieces for ear training and strengthen listening skills.

Target Skill Level: open level

Equipment: workshop can run without taiko,  could use one or several shime and kane but not necessary. Might use audio equipment if available.


Title: Creative Movements with Odaiko

Recommended workshop duration: 2-3 hours
Video: https://youtu.be/NDjTatNBWT8
Objectives: Introduce various creative movement exercises with the odaiko. Odaiko playing has been predominantly masculine in form. The goal of this workshop is to search various avenues that define the musician, not the instrument.

Brief Workshop Content description: Participants will learn parts of the original Odaiko structural improvisational piece “Gliding Dreams.” The piece explores graceful approach to taiko drumming through various singing and creative movement exercises on the odaiko.

Target Skill Level: Open level, recommended for those who enjoy movement exploration

Equipment: Odaiko (3 person per odaiko)


Title: Taiko FUNdamentals – Cultivating Musicality

Recommended workshop duration: 2-3 hours
Videos playlist from various Taiko FUNdamentals workshops:  Youtube Playlist

https://yeemanmui.com/taikofundamentals/

Objectives: Studies have proven that our learning abilities are maximised within a fun and supportive atmosphere. Through the use of musical games and dances from around the world, (taiko, clapping games, songs, body music, etc.), participants learn music intuitively, while improving their rhythmic sense and creativity. The fundamentals of music are internalized through physical involvement and multi-sensory activities, then applied to the taiko, all while having fun.

Brief Workshop Content description: Through a series of FUN songs and games with taiko drumming, Taiko Fundamentals focuses on developing the participants’ musicality level, creativity and sense of originality. Experience the fun of playing games that strengthen ensemble listening skills, while developing stage presence and interaction.

Target Skill Level: Open level (welcome youth and beginners)

Equipment:  ideally have 1 Chu daiko per participants but ok with less, and various types of drums, e.g.  4 shime, 1 odaiko, 3-4 okedo (optional), 2-4 uchiwa daiko (I can also bring my own and borrow from friends)


Title: Taiko FUNdamentals Mini-Intensive for Taiko/Music Teachers

Recommended workshop duration: 6-10hours

Videos playlist from various Taiko FUNdamentals workshops:  Youtube Playlist

https://yeemanmui.com/taikofundamentals/

Objectives: Improve your musicality through musical games with taiko drumming. Instructor of Taiko FUNdamentals, Yeeman Mui is dedicated to help create a more creative taiko classroom, while staying within the realms of the art of taiko. The workshop will explore teaching the art of taiko through the Orff approach. Through a series of FUN songs and games with taiko drumming, Taiko Fundamentals focuses on developing the participants’ musicality level, creativity and sense of originality.

Brief Workshop Content description: Workshops are highly interactive, as participants will take on the roll as students in the classroom. This involves singing, games, dancing and taiko drumming. Discussion and questions highlighting the teacher aspects will follow after each set of activities, as well as at the end of program.

Target Skill Level: taiko teachers, leaders who would like to teach young children, or any taiko players who are curious to learn more creative approach to improve skill and musical level.

Equipment: ideally have 1 Chu daiko per participants but ok with less, and various types of drums, e.g.  4 shime, 1 odaiko, 3-4 okedo (optional), 2-4 uchiwa daiko (I can also bring my own and borrow from friends)

 

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