New Year, New Projects
Learning a new song - or revisiting one that you haven't played in a long time - can be a lot like a game of telephone. One player may recall that the bachi is pointed one way while others swear that's wrong; people disagree about whether or not a line has a crescendo or if the first "don" is supposed to be hit with emphasis. There are disagreements about form and stance. And while those differences can lead to the creative evolution of a piece, we realize it can be very confusing for our newer members to learn and become comfortable with a piece in time for a performance.
So, this year we've started to create instructional videos of our songs to help in the learning process. This idea first arose during our last CD funding project, which helped us to purchase the recording equipment needed to produce Misotose
. Now that we have our own equipment, we can use it to record songs and drills to help members learn new material or fine-tune their techniques, both at the studio and at home practice.
Andrew plays the introduction to Ashura, the first piece we've recorded. Written by Mas Kodani of Kinnara Taiko, it's one of the most taught pieces in North American taiko, and it's loaded with dramatic motions and precisely timed crescendos and accents. It's a powerful song, and when everyone comes together at those crticial moments, it feels awesome!
We're excited to finally get this project underway so we continue to build stronger performances in upcoming seasons. We hope you agree!
Maryville University Sakura Festival
Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 6:00 PM
650 Maryville University Drive, St. Louis, MO
Sake and Sakura
Friday, April 5, 2019 - 6:00 PM
Missouri Botanical Garden
Northeast Lawn of Japanese Garden
4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO
A Celebration of Japanese Culture
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 11:00 AM
Missouri History Museum
5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO
SLAM Passport to Japan
Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 1:30 PM
St. Louis Art Museum
Grace Taylor Broughton Sculpture Garden
One Fine Arts Drive, St. Louis, MO