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Taiko for Movers Workshop – CANCELLED

Published on June 30, 2015, in Workshops.

FEAR NOT!  We will DEFINITELY be presenting this workshop in the fall!  Watch this space…

WHEN: Saturday, July 25, 10:00am – 12:00 pm
WHERE: Dance Exchange, 7117 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, MD
FEE: $40 per person to support Dance Exchange


Since it was founded by Liz Lerman in 1976, Dance Exchange has produced more than 100 innovative dance/theatre works, presented thousands of performances and conducted innumerable community encounters. Their studios in Takoma Park, MD provide a home for dancers, tai chi practitioners, yoga enthusiasts, and of course, the Mark H Taiko School!


Now, Dance Exchange needs our help to continue to serve the DC area’s vibrant arts community. Mark H is offering a workshop as a fundraiser for Dance Exchange. Your $40 registration will go ENTIRELY to help support this long-standing institution in the dance community!

Just what is this workshop? In a word: AWESOME! This is a taiko (Japanese drumming) workshop geared specifically for movers! Dancers have always been some of the best taiko players because of their acute body awareness and rhythmic training. Now, after many years of collaborating with dancers, Mark H wants to invite all dancers to try taiko for the first time! This workshop is not just for professional dancers – it is for everyone interested in exploring the relationship between rhythm and movement.

Registering for this workshop will help ensure that Dance Exchange has a home to create their work; community artists have studios in which to rehearse; intergenerational artists have a place to connect and collaborate; teens discover the magic of movement; and more!

Don’t miss out! Sign up here!

Can’t make the workshop, but still want to support Dance Exchange? You can donate here.



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Ready to try taiko? Take Mark’s next introductory taiko workshop!

Published on June 23, 2015, in Workshops.

Summer is the perfect time to take a break from our usual routines and try something new! Regardless of what’s on your agenda this summer (taking a great family vacation, relaxing by the pool, perfecting your sangria recipe…), don’t forget to make time for taiko! If you’re ready to hit the big drums for the first time, sign up for Mark H’s next Introductory Taiko Workshop on Sunday, July 19 from 5-8pm in Takoma Park. This workshop is appropriate for ages 13 and up and is easily accessible via Metro.

Learn more here, or go ahead and sign up through the House of Musical Traditions!

Kokyo @ 2014 Sakura Taiko Fest

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Miyake Intensive Workshops

Published on May 10, 2015, in Workshops.

If you’ve played taiko for more than a little while, chances are that you’re familiar with Miyake. This exciting, physically demanding piece has made it around the world thanks to groups like Kodo and Ondekoza.

But if you’ve never learned Miyake from the Tsumura family (the “first family” of Miyake), you’ve never REALLY learned Miyake!

Mark H Taiko is proud to host a weekend of workshops with the Tsumura family – a rare opportunity to study the original version of this song from Miyake Jima. There will be a one-hour Introduction to Miyake as well as a six-hour, two-day Miyake Intensive Workshop. For those who have limited experience with Miyake or want a bit of a refresher before the Intensive Workshop, you can register for both (and save)!

Tsumura Family


Saturday, June 6, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

This one-hour workshop introduces the basic rhythms and form for this dynamic taiko style.  Recommended for those with little to no experience in the Miyake style of taiko, but not recommended for those with absolutely no taiko experience.

Tsumura Miyake Intro



Saturday, June 6, 6:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. AND
Sunday, June 7, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

This six-hour intensive workshop will study the Miyake drumming style in-depth and learn about the various elements to the Miyake taiko tradition.  This is a very physical form of drumming and not recommended for those with minimal taiko experience.
Experienced taiko drummer but not familiar with Miyake?  Need a quick refresher before going into the intensive?  Sign up for both workshops for $170 and get the full experience from start to finish!

Register here! These awesome workshops are filling up FAST, so don’t wait!

Workshops will be held at Dance Exchange, 7117 Maple Ave. in Takoma Park, MD.

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A spring filled with taiko!

Published on March 11, 2015, in Performances.

The weather is warming up here in the nation’s capital and the spring rains are starting to melt our piles of snow. In DC, spring means cherry blossoms, and cherry blossoms mean lots of chances to experience taiko!

Those with little ones won’t want to miss Blossom’s Rainbow, a theatrical experience created for children ages 2-5 with original music composed and performed by Mark H. See the show now through the end of March at The Athenaeum in Alexandria, with more performances at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in early April as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. All the details are on Mark’s calendar.



If you haven’t yet seen “Reaction,” Mark H’s exciting collaboration with UpRooted Dance (or if you HAVE experienced its awesomeness and want to do so again!), don’t miss their performance at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage: 6:00 pm on Thursday, April 9. The performance will also feature Kristen Koyama’s “Waiting for Spring.”



To round out Cherry Blossom season, Kizuna and Miyako Taiko will be performing at the Sakura Matsuri on Saturday, April 11 @5:30pm at the Pennsylvania Ave. stage, and the Mark H Taiko School will be hosting its 3rd Annual Sakura Taiko Fest at UMD College Park @2:30pm on April 18!

It’s going to be a great spring!



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A Unique Martin Luther King Day Celebration

Published on January 12, 2015, in Performances.

You are invited to a special celebration of Martin Luther King Day!

On Monday, January 19, Mark H and Kristen Koyama are teaming up with members of Opera UnMet and Roxbury Repertory Theater for “The Ties that Bind,” a musical celebration of Martin Luther King Day. This year’s performance features excerpts from Sam Cornish’s poetry collection, An Apron Full of Beans, which incorporates and responds to Africa-American voices in history, music, literature, and pop culture.

If you’re in the Boston area, we hope you can join us for this memorable evening. The performance will take place at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Lexington and begins at 5pm on Monday, January 19. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

The Ties that Bind 2014

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