Our members have been busy - not playing taiko - but replacing our old, worn out practice floor!

New studio floor installation

Out with the Old, In with the New

Whenever we get a break in our performance schedule, we use the opportunity to address studio upkeep and upgrades. In this case, our studio flooring was in need of work! Our old floor was wearing out, with bubbles and wear spots that we would creatively work around during practices. The edging was also coming apart, and we had more than one instance of cuts on the feet, so it was time to take action!
Saying goodbye to the old floorAbove: Saying goodbye to our old floor tile!

It was truly a team effort, with all of our performing members chipping in to remove the old floor tiles and lay new ones.

Below: After the old floor tile was removed, our members mopped the concrete subfloor - and mopped some more -  to prepare it for the new flooring.
Prepping the concrete slab for the new flooring

Theresa and Katie practice on the newly finished studio floor
Above: "Twins" Theresa and Katie are practicing a new piece on the newly finishing floor. Their nearly identical attire is purely coincidence!

We're happy to have the new floor in place, one that is free of bubbles and other tripping hazards, just in time for summer performance practices!


Upcoming Performances

Shakespeare Festival Green Show
Friday June 8 - 6:30 PM
Shakespeare Glen - Forest Park

Gateway Dragonboat Festival
Saturday June 23 - 9:20 AM
Creve Coeur Lake Park - Sailboat Cove
Tsurugi no Mai

Song Profile: Tsurugi no Mai

Written by Robin Yang

Tsurugi no Mai was written around 2002 by former member Robin Yang while in medical school. Translating to “Dancing with Swords” or “Sword Dance,” the piece was inspired by Robin’s brief exploration of Wu Shu, a contemporary form of Chinese martial arts, along with dreams conjured from the occasional martial arts film. Definitely not one of our happy festival pieces, the mood of the song is very intense and powerful. 

Tsurugi no Mai

The main body of the song is composed with two sides playing alternating lines in a duel, but what makes this song particularly unique is the focus is the choreography. Robin had some training in dance, and she incorporated a series of blocking and stabbing movements, along with a slow “dance” around the drum positions, as if the players are in battle with an opponent. The choreography adds a lot of visual interest, but it’s also a challenge because it requires strength and flexibility in places that aren’t necessarily typical of taiko. We like it because it brings a different attitude to our playing style.

Tsurugi no Mai was recorded on our first album, Drive.

Above photography is courtesy of Kevin Dingman.

Register for Classes
Community group members performing at 2017 Japanese Festival at Missouri Botanical Garden
Our summer class session begins soon! Learn the basics of sticking, kata (form), movement, theory, and rhythms of taiko, plus some pieces you can play with us at the Japanese Festival this Labor Day weekend at the Missouri Botanical Garden! Check out our website for options for youth and adult classes.
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