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March 2020

(Cancelled) Body Bayashi with ManMan

March 28, 2020 @ 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, 2020

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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
ASANO TAIKO U.S., Inc., 20909 S Western Ave
Torrance, CA 90501 United States
$20

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, 2020 - April 6, 2020
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, 2020
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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(Cancelled) Quitiplas in the Pocket – Shime/Okedo Polymeter Groove

April 12, 2020 @ 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. Video from the rehearsal…

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(Cancelled) ManMan in Hamburg

April 27, 2020 - April 30, 2020

ManMan Mui will explore with us everything we can possibly do- for our Taiko! Let’s get on a whole new level of expression! Let’s encounter our hidden creativity! Also: Drum Sing Dance Drum- Naname, Hachijo and more! More Details in February!

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May 2020

(Online!) TaikoSphere – Three days about diverse aspects of Taiko-music

May 1, 2020 - May 3, 2020
Korschenbroich, Germany + Google Map

A gathering about music, inspiration and friendship organised by Silke Hanzen (TaikoSession) and hosted by Benni Haas (Sandaiko)
Three days to fully immerse into diverse aspects of taiko-music!

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June 2020

How Do We Lead with Empathy in the Global Healing of Anti-Racism?

June 28, 2020 - July 19, 2020
Online Event

(Part of "RE-IMAGINING A NEW WORLD: Building Practices of Awareness, Activism and Anti-Racism as a Taiko Community")
In the process of dismantling practices that are born out of colonialism, it is inevitable for us to admit that we are both the victim and victimizer of systemic racism. The process includes a mixture of shame, vulnerability, and courage. Why do we get defensive? How do we approach criticism and frustration? How do we practice empathy as a tactic to heal? How do we hold space for ourselves and others to grow? Reference materials related to Non-violent Communication will be incorporated.

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