KWTC is proud to host Shoji Kameda for a mini-intensive Saturday April 5th. He will be teaching a new composition called Lion Chant as well as a workshop on his very own Omiyage. Shoji doesn’t come out to the East Coast as often as we would like, so please take advantage of this opportunity to study with him! In order to give people an opportunity to get to know Shoji and fellow participants better, lunch will be served to all participants of both workshops.
Lion Chant Workshop 1 : Interlocking Rhythms
This workshop will introduce participants to components of Shoji’s newest piece taiko composition: Lion Chant. Focusing on simple independence this workshop will focus on the timing and technique required for creating dense layers of interlocking rhythms. This workshop will also teach part of the structure of the piece Lion Chant and will lay the foundation for learning and performing the composition. Limited to 12 participants
This workshop will focus on refining the technique and concepts behind Omiyage. One of the taiko world’s most exciting and performed compositions Omiyage is now performed by taiko groups throughout the world. Learn to master the subtleties of the movements and composition from the creator himself. Limited to 12 participants
10 am to 1 pm: Lion Chant
1 pm lunch
2 to 5 pm: Omiyage
Fee (includes lunch)
For KWTC members:
$55 for one workshop, $95 for both
$60 for one workshop, $105 for both
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Shoji is a Grammy nominated musician, composer and producer. He started playing taiko at the age of 8 and has played continuously since. He was selected through a highly competitive process as an Asian Pacific Performance Exchange fellow, collaborating with master artists from the Philippines, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the USA. As the group’s primary creative force he has produced On Ensemble’s critically acclaimed CDs Dust and Sand, Ume in the Middle and Bizarre Heroes. He also composed an original score for Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story, Audience Award winner for Best Documentary at the Slamdance Film Festival. He was featured in the music of the hit NBC TV show “Heroes” performed with Stevie Wonder at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and received a Grammy nomination with jazz fusion band Hiroshima for his work on their album Legacy. His track “Yamasong” was the inspiration for Sam Koji Hale’s short film of the same name which won Best Animated Film and Best Fantasy Short at the Dragon Con Film Festival. He has collaborated with musicians from around the world including projects and tours to Malaysia, Java, Bali, Mongolia and French Guiana. He continues to be involved in a number of projects as a composer, musician and producer including a trip-hop duo with Grammy Award winning composer Christopher Tin called Stereo Alchemy.