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January 2020

Taiko FUNdmentals Weekend Intensive 2020

January 18 - January 19
ASANO TAIKO U.S., Inc., 20909 S Western Ave
Torrance, CA 90501 United States
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Through a series of FUN songs and games with taiko drumming, Taiko Fundamentals focuses on developing the participants’ musicality level, creativity and sense of originality, while navigating through the realms of the art of taiko.

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February 2020

HERbeat: Taiko Women All-Stars

February 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm PST
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St
Saint Paul, MN 55102 United States
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TaikoArts Midwest proposes a simple, ground-breaking idea: bring the best North American and Japanese female taiko artists together for a two-week artist residency to collaborate and create a one-of-a-kind performance. Envisioned as a catalyst to fuel movement towards gender equity in taiko, this project celebrates and puts women center stage in a collaborative, unique performance.

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March 2020

Women & Taiko: Sparking Community Conversations

March 1 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm PST
Urban Growler Brewing Company, 2325 Endicott St
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States
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Women & Taiko will host a light breakfast at Urban Growler on Sunday morning. Please join us in this space for gathering, sharing, and connecting. Any individual (all gender inclusive) who supports and respects the notion of creating a space for women is welcome.

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Quitiplas in the Pocket – Naname creativity with Polymeter

March 8 @ 3:00 pm - 5:45 pm PDT
ASANO TAIKO U.S., Inc., 20909 S Western Ave
Torrance, CA 90501 United States

“Quitiplas in the Pocket” is a solo improvisation piece on the Naname (slant style) drums created by ManMan. It has interlocking polymeter base-beats, adapted from the Venezuelan Quitiplas music. Participants will be learning the polymeter base beat with body percussion, which provides a new listening and playing experience. ManMan’s approach creates new pathways that deviate from the classical music approach, as the body percussion exercise help participants to internalize the music and playing with a groove.

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(Cancelled) Body Bayashi with ManMan

March 28 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT
ASANO TAIKO U.S., Inc., 20909 S Western Ave
Torrance, CA 90501 United States
participants of various age playing body percussion

An innovative approach to practicing rhythm and multiple instrumental parts simultaneously to enhance listening skills and understanding of the music. Participants will use body percussion to practice shime and kane parts of “nageai”/”mikoshi bayashi”, playing and singing two instrumental parts at the same time.

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Project Ikigai: A Virtual Concert

March 29

On March 29, Amy, ManMan and Shoji will be live, talking about their experience and journey creating the show while broadcasting the videos we have made over the last two weeks. The stream is being made possible by Taiko Community Alliance who are kindly hosting us on their channel. Thank you! Sunday March 29 12pm PDT 3pm EST 8pm GMT at this link: www.livestream.com/taikocommunity/projectikigai Suggested donation $5 www.gofundme.com/f/project-ikigai I hope you can be there with us.

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(Cancelled) Creative Movement and Expression with Naname Choreography

March 29 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT
ASANO TAIKO U.S., Inc., 20909 S Western Ave
Torrance, CA 90501 United States

This workshop offers exercises that explore the ergonomics of fluid movement in naname choreography. A picture book by Thomas Locker “Cloud Dance” will be used as part of the workshop creative exploration. ManMan will showcase the process of utilizing different elements of movement to shape an ideas or stories.

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(Online!) Project Ikigai feat. ManMan Mui & Amy Naylor

March 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
ASANO TAIKO U.S., Inc., 20909 S Western Ave
Torrance, CA 90501 United States
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Project Ikigai is coming to Torrance! ManMan Mui and Amy Naylor have been developing this project and performance over the last two years, collaborating online and performing across the UK & Europe, Canada & North America. Featuring handpan, taiko, voices, songs and stories, Amy and ManMan are passionate about creating work that reflects and responds to the venue, audience, and musicians that join them. No performance is the same.

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April 2020

(Cancelled) Discovering Ikigai

April 2 - April 6
Tecopa Tecopa, CA United States

Through Project Ikigai, Amy and ManMan share their experiences and their journey to find ikigai through music. Using a range of instruments, songs and styles from all over the world, they explore identity and purpose with a view to helping others do the same.

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(Cancelled) Super Bloom – Private Taiko Drumming Sessions

April 5
Tecopa Tecopa, CA United States

Discover the power of taiko drumming. Connect with your body, experience the feeling of empowerment that creating such a deep and powerful sound can bring. All through the connection of body, earth and drum.

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