Don’t miss this opportunity to study with one of the world’s greatest taiko artists!
Mark H Taiko is proud to present
Form and Function: Body Mechanics for the Taiko Player
A Workshop with Kaoru Watanabe
Kaoru Watanabe is a Brooklyn based composer and musician who specializes in both taiko and shinobue (Japanese flutes). A former member and artistic director of the internationally renowned taiko ensemble Kodo, Kaoru is an instructor for kaDON (an online taiko and fue resource presented by Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten of Tokyo) as well as the founder of the Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center in New York. He has been a visiting lecturer at Princeton University since 2010 and has taught courses at Wesleyan University as well as Colby and Dickinson Colleges. He also has extensive training in Western music, having earned a BFA in jazz flute and saxophone performance from the Manhattan School of Music.
In this workshop, participants will develop stamina, stability, and greater body awareness in order to play taiko with considerably more power, efficiency, and grace. Participants will walk, twist, squat, stretch, breathe, and otherwise move in unconventional ways and be introduced to the elusive martial arts technique of the “unbendable arm.”
Kaoru’s workshop draws on his considerable experience with traditional and contemporary Japanese dance and drumming as well as his work with dancers, musicians, and martial arts experts from across the globe.