What: Educational Taiko Workshop by Kenny Endo (Seminar style)
Date: June 10 2017
Time: 11:15am-12:15pm (subject to change)
Where: Macky Auditorium, Room 102
Fee: Free of charge (90 seats)
Public: TSC2017 concert ticket holder only
Registration: First come, first server. You must show your Taiko Summit 2017 Macky concert ticket for entry. Limit 90 seats

What: TSC2017 Taiko Workshop Lead by Taiko Masters
When: Sunday, June 11 2017
Time: 10am-5pm
Age: Starting at 15 yrs
Fee: Starting at $100
Where: CU Recreational Center
Limit 20 people per each class

Learn taiko drumming, dancing and bamboo flute from Tokyo’s world-famous Oedo Sukeroku Taiko founder Seido Kobayashi and esteemed performer Mizuho Zako; world renowned Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka; Nosuke Akiyana (lion dancer); Kenny Endo Ensemble (June 11); and members of GONNA – Wadaiko x Marimba. (June 13-15)

Cancellation policy:

Workshop and camp ticket(s)/registration are non-transferable, and fee is nonrefundable after Saturday, May 20th, 2017.

100% refund by May 6th, 2017
50% refund by May 13th, 2017
25% refund by May 20th, 2017
No refund after May 20th, 2017


Details from the instructors

Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka:  (All levels)

Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka will work on developing the quality of taiko sound through bodywork mechanics and flow. Training how to warm the body up with a focus on Tai-chi and movement techniques that are synonymous with the Tanaka style.

Grand Master Seido Kobayashi:  How to play sukeroku style naname-uchi 1 (Intermediate – Advanced)

Starting with the naname uchi foundations, we will develop phrases upon the fundamental base. Hitting to the core of the taiko by controlling the trajectory of your batchi, the loudness and softness of your sound, etc. are the foundations of a dynamic performance and we will thoroughly study these fundamental techniques.

We will thoroughly study the fundamental techniques of the foundations of a dynamic performance by hitting through to the core of the drum and by controlling the trajectory of your batchi, the loudness and softness of your sound, etc. This is a valuable opportunity to learn directly from the originator of the sukeroku style of naname uchi.

Grand Master Seido Kobayashi:  How to play Sukeroku style naname-uchi 2 (Intermediate – Advanced)

Expanding on the practical phrases from part 1. In particular, the method of footwork in sukeroku style naname uchi will be studied.


Nosuke Akiyama’s Shishi Mai (Lion Dance)

The Shishi is a mystical beast that eats the bad luck of anyone it bites. Nosuke Akiyama has been San Francisco Taiko Dojo’s lion dancer since its inception and will teach on the history and traditions of Shishi Mai. This workshop will focus on dance and movement of lion dancing while understanding its direct connection to the music of the mai dance.


Mizuho Zako:  Naname uchi-using core (All levels)

Stance and movement to fit your individual body balance.  Produce your most powerful performance using the least amount of energy and no wasted power.  You will master solid core form and stroke technique.

Mizuho Zako:  Shime 2 (Intermediate – Advanced)

The foundations of playing shime are stance and fingering. Training will be given in how to make a fast, sharp hit. While playing with rhythms, we will study how to use the arms effectively and how to use timing, “Ma”.


Kenny Endo:  O-daiko 1 (All levels) 

Kenny Endo:  O-daiko 2 (Intermediate – Advanced)

Basics for performing on the ‘big drum’ will include stance, grip, hitting techniques, training tips, quality sound, and relaxing.  A practice odaiko piece Odaiko Kakeai Kihon Kyoku, will be taught focusing on fundamentals, base beat patterns, and becoming more comfortable and dynamic at performing the odaiko.  Improvised soloing on the odaiko will be introduced with participants encouraged to develop their spontaneous creativity.  Internalizing the beat, soloing within a group context, and performing as a soloist will also be covered.

Kaoru Watanabe:  Shino-bue (All levels)

This workshop will give participants broader insight into not just fue playing but Japanese traditional music in general. The first half of the workshop will be a lecture/demonstration on different types of fue, the shinobue, noh kan and ryuteki with background information on the types of music they are used in and their construction. We will then do basic breathing, fingering and playing techniques. Participants will also have an opportunity to play pieces from their repertoire for advice and guidance in how they could improve on their playing.