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Summer Weekend Taiko Intensive with Kaoru Watanabe

  • Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center (KWTC) 650 St Johns Pl Brooklyn, NY, 11216 United States (map)

KTWC has hosted multiple weekend intensives over the past six years, with participants coming from all over the US, Canada, Australia, Argentina and Ireland. The last few have all been for guest instructors: Kenny Endo, Katsuhiro and Hidenori Tsumura from Miyake Island, Chieko Kojima from KODO, Tetsuro Naito and Patrick Graham. This intensive will be the first one led by myself in a couple of years.

List of potential topics include: Fundamentals: body movement, stability, form, various ji patterns, various drills, speed and accuracy training, yokouchi (miyake style), fue, structured  improvisation, repertoire: Yatai Bayashi, Miyake, original compositions, information of various traditional and non-traditional styles of Japanese music and dance. As we field people's RSVPs and inquiries, we will develop the program based on the over-all experience levels and requests.

Limited to 10 participants. The workshop $500 includes healthy home-cooked meals and refreshments and communal lodging (participants bring a sleeping bag/mats, etc and sleep in the studio).

To reserve a spot, email us at

Earlier Event: June 28
Ha-pyo-kai (Student Recital)
Later Event: September 9
KWTC Ensemble Class