Summer Fun in St. Louis
It’s been quite a summer! It began with a conversation with ZEROtaiko
, a professional world percussion ensemble based in Orlando, Florida, who was preparing for a performance in our region. As arrangements were made to provide drums, we agreed to accompany them at the show! Musicians and dancers traveled to St. Louis from Los Angeles and Orlando, representing a variety of musical styles, including aerial drummers and hip hop, flamenco, and Bollywood dancers. Performing members Andrew, Jeremy, and Joel learned a piece written specifically for the show and performed at the event with members of ZEROtaiko, led by Atsumi (pictured above, right center). Jeremy notes, “It was kind of surreal sharing with a stage with so many professional performers from around the country, being directed by a choreographer with an impressive résumé.” Jeremy also noted how fun it was to learn he’d be performing with a drummer he’d seen at a recent trip to Epcot!
Summer also brings a new round of classes, and we have an enthusiastic group of adult beginning students this season! In addition, artistic director Andrew Thalheimer once again served as a guest instructor at the annual St. Louis Strike Institute to introduce middle school students to the basics of kumi-daiko, and several students are now continuing their practice at our studio.
Students from both classes are now working hard, learning pieces to perform before our evening shows at the upcoming Japanese Festival at Missouri Botanical Garden.
Of course, it hasn't been all work for our members. Over the July 4th holiday, we took a break from our practice schedule to host a picnic for our taiko friends and family. Several of our performing members, along with family and friends, got together for an afternoon of camaraderie, food, games, and of course, a little taiko! Now we are back in the studio, just in time for the upcoming Japanese Festival season. Check our website
for details about the events!
Calling All Alumni!
Were you once a member of St. Louis Osuwa Taiko? We're starting an alumni association to stay in touch with our former performers, and to provide updates on group happening and events. Speaking of events, we're planning an Alumni Appreciation party in October so if you are an alumn and want to keep in touch, email firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.