Uminari Taiko News
In September UT participated in the Furusato Dancer's 10th Anniversary Concert which was held in the beautiful Berwick Royal Oak Theatre. The concert was very successful and we were happy to help the Furusato Dancers celebrate their milestone. Then in October we again performed at the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society's Japanese Cultural Fair. This was the 15th year in a row that UT has performed at the Japanese Cultural Fair. Back in 2002 after recently being formed, UT had its initial public debut at the Fair. We still attract a large audience for our opening and closing set.
VNCS Cultural Fair
Usually our performance seasons ends with the Cultural Fair gig. However this year we did a performance in late November for a Staff Day event held for a BC Government Crown Corporation. The venue was Silver City movie theatre and with over 500 in attendance this was certainly the largest indoor audience we performed in front of. Another cool aspect of this performance was the giant back drop of the Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai. It was even animated!
Our next performance will not be until January 22 when we do a short set at the Annual Mochi Tsuki Kai, Japanese New Year celebration. We hope to introduce the latest addition to our repertoire at that gathering.
On the taiko course front, in addition to holding our regular Introductory Workshop and the 6 Week Class, we also held 2 drumming workshops for high school students from St. Michaels University School. The students enjoyed hitting the drums and learning a taiko piece called Shiawase. Who knows maybe a seed has been planted for a future member of UT. The UT course schedule for the first half of 2017 has been finalized. Please refer to the 2017 Education Schedule article for details.
There are two milestones to report regarding personnel. In November we celebrated Ken Murata's 80th birthday with a dinner at Sen Zushi. Ken, a long time member of Uminari Taiko, is certainly an inspiration and motivator for us. He's living proof that 80 is the new 60!
In September Douglas James joined our apprenticeship program. That's him in the above picture in the fore front on the right. We now have 9 members in our group which is a 50% growth from where we were a year ago.
2017 Education Schedule
The first half of our 2017 education schedule has been determined. All workshops and classes will be held at our practice space at the Gordon Head Recreation Centre in the Bert Richman Building. The education schedule for the second half of the year will be published later in 2016.
3 Hour Introductory Workshop
When: Sunday February 12 or
Sunday Apr 23
Time: 2:30 to 5:30 pm
Cost: Regular $54; Early Bird rate $49 if paid 2 weeks in advance;
VNCS member $49.
6 Week Taiko Class
When: Sundays February 26 to April 2 or
Sundays May 1 to June 18
Time: 2:15 to 3:45 pm
Cost: Regular $99; Early Bird rate $89 if paid 2 weeks in advance;
VNCS member $89.
For more information or to register go to http://www.uminaritaiko.com/classes.