I’ve been up to lots of traveling these past few weeks, most recently a weekend in Palo Alto, CA for a performance with Kenny Endo, sharing a concert with two-time Grammy Nominated band Hiroshima. I have a very intense three weeks in Japan coming up, and by the time things settle down for a bit, autumn will be upon us.
Lots of exciting and important KWTC Announcements this week! Here are the contents:
1. Miyake Weekend Intensive and Day Workshop
2. Class Cancellation and new Class Structure
4. Upcoming Events
Please See below.
1. Miyake Weekend Intensive and Day Workshop
KWTC is honored to present workshops by brothers Kazuhiro and Hidenori from the famed Tsumura family, keepers of festival drumming and singing traditions from the Miyake Island. The Tsumura family, led by father Akio Tsumura, is credited with teaching these traditions to the iconic group Kodo, whose signature piece Miyake, an adaptation of these traditions, has become a hugely popular piece, imitated by groups across the globe. The members of the Tsumura family have devoted themselves to share the enormous depths of their cherished tradition to the world through workshops and performances and KWTC is thrilled to host the first ever Miyake workshop in New York.
The two workshops are:
1) Oct 17, 18 and 19 Three Day Intensive workshop - $500 per participant
Starting Friday evening and lasting through early Sunday afternoon, participants will spend close to 13 hours, exploring every nuance of taiko drumming from Miyake Island: seemingly simple yet deceptively tricky rhythms, movements and cues as well as singing Kiyari uta and learning about the broader festival that takes place on Miyake Island. Healthy, home-cooked meals, drinks and snacks are provided as well as communal accommodations are all included in the fee (transportation costs to New York or to KWTC are not). Limit: 12 participants
2) Oct 19th Sunday 3 – 6 pm Miyake Workshop - $75 per participant
Participants will explore the drumming and singing traditions from the Miyake Island. A special chance to study the traditional drumming techniques of the Miyake Island. Limit: 12 participants
For reservations or questions please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s a promo video for Tsumura family concert featuring members of Kodo as guests: http://www.youtube.
Here’s an English website with great information about the traditions: http://www.
Video of what the matsuri on Miyake Island is like for some perspective: http://www.
2. KWTC Classes: New Structure
All classes cancelled until Sept 21. We will be ENDING the drop-in class system that is currently Wednesdays from 7 to 9 and Sundays from2 to 4 pm.
The classes will be replaced with the formation of a taiko group (tentatively KWTC Ensemble) open toall levels. The group will work on developing fundamental skills as well as repertoire, usually focussing on two different pieces for a period of two or three months. Whether Kaoru is in town or not, the group will rehearse as a team, learning repertoire and honing their skills, but I am dedicated and devoted to being there to teach whenever I’m available.
Two types of payment structures:
A) $80 a month. For this, you are welcome to come to as many classes you wish for that month. Classes are still held on Wednesdays from 7 to 9 and Sundays from 2 to 4.
B) $25 per class.
If you plan on only coming less than three times a month, then B makes more sense, but you can come up to 8 or 9 times a month for the same amount with the A plan.
Start date: September 21, 2014 (after Kaoru returns from a trip to Japan)
Regarding fee: If you already paid for a ten class package you may either apply the amount left to the monthly class fee or you will be refunded $25 for each class you have left remaining.
4. Upcoming Performances
Resonance 2014@Super DeluxeIn 2007, while still serving as the artistic director for the world renowned Japanese performing arts group KODO, fue/flute player Kaoru Watanabe called together a group of friends to form Resonance, a one-night multimedia celebration of sight and sound that astounded the audience. Since that time, Resonance has become an ongoing series that continues to leverage the talents of original members as it adds new collaborators each time. With a stellar cast assembled for the sole purpose of creating new fusion and forms, Resonance 2014 promises to be another music and art experience that defies definition and engenders new expressions.
Open 19:00 / Start 20:00
Advance Reservation : ¥2,500
At the Door: ¥3,000 (+ 1Drink Charge)