Sample Workshop Descriptions
Title: Body Bayashi
Recommended workshop duration: 45 mins – 1 hours
Objectives: An innovative approach of practicing rhythm and multiple parts simultaneously. Using body percussion to practice shime and kane parts of “mikoshi bayashi”
Brief Workshop Content description: Learning the main pattern of “Body Bayashi,”a body music/dance piece created during San Francisco International Orff Courses based on the kuchi-shoga of “Mikoshi Bayashi” – a basic pattern from the festival music of old Tokyo, as learned from Kenny Endo-sensei in his ensemble weekly Edo Bayashi practice. The purpose of the dance is to internalize and embody the interlocking relationship between two instruments. A very challenging but fascinating exercise. The exercise can also be applied to any taiko pieces for ear training and strengthen listening skills.
Target Grade Level: 3rd – 12th
Equipment: workshop can run without taiko, could use one or several shime and kane but not necessary. Might use audio equipment if available.