In this workshop, Yuta will cover naname and 2-drum exercises and drills that are essential to playing Yodan Uchi well. He will also introduce patterns for you to use as starting points for your own arrangement.
Previous naname (the style of playing on a slanted stand) experience is required for those who wish to take this workshop.
Yuta Kato was born and raised in California to a Japanese-only speaking family. Introduced to taiko by Kagami-Kai, a local rice-pounding group, he decided to further his studies with San Francisco Taiko Dojo at the age of 10. Since then he has been a part of UCLA Kyodo Taiko, Nihon Taiko Dojo, Getsuyoukai, as well as professional groups TAIKOPROJECT, ON Ensemble, and Portland Taiko. From Fall 2007 until Winter 2011, he lived in Japan to study under masters of various traditional Japanese music. Upon returning to the US in 2011, he served as the Coordinator for the 2011 North American Taiko Conference, one of the largest gathering of taiko players from around the globe.
Yuta is also a sought-after taiko instructor who has been invited to teach throughout the world. He currently resides in California, serving as the principal and instructor for LATI (Los Angeles Taiko Institute) housed at Asano Taiko US, which opened in 2013. He performs as a member of UnitOne (Torrance, CA).
Don’t miss Yuta’s other workshops
Intro to Hachijo Daiko (Saturday, June 8, 11AM-2PM)
Creating your Hachijo Solo (Saturday, June 8, 3-6PM)
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