Workshops

You can choose from a fun and challenging workshops. There is something for everyone:
2016 Workshop & Concert Schedule (PDF)

Participation in workshops must be done in combination with a 1-day pass or a festival pass.

OK, Katsugi!

Fr 2. Sep 2016, 13:30 - 15:30

OK, Katsugi!

Martin Doyle & Shonagh Walker (En)

An introduction to Katsugi Okedo playing, where we will take participants through the basics of stance, drum position, bachi grip, form, basic rhythms, and movement. We will also cover the techniques for playing both sides of the drum, and offer exercises for further development.

If you have your own katsugi okedaiko, please bring it!

Price: CHF 40

Modern Tateuchi Technique

Fr 2. Sep 2016, 13:30 - 15:30

Modern Tateuchi Technique

Eduard Peters (En/De/Ru)

For the past decade, Eduard has followed his taiko teacher, Katsuji Kondo (Ondekoza/Kodo). He wishes to share the most valuable experiences from this period with all the workshop participants. This involves increased by efficient and ergonomic technique, comprehensible means of various exercises for Ji-stabilisation, right-left coordination, and development of musicality in general.

This workshop is directed towards Taiko-players with at least one year experience.

Price: CHF 40

Explore the Space

Sa 3. Sep 2016, 09:00 - 12:00

Explore the Space

Martin Doyle & Shonagh Walker (En)

In this workshop we will use mitsu-uchi variations, and rhythms inspired by the 'Hokuriku' style to help demystify solo improvisation on the drum and movement around the playing space. We will also cover bachi tricks, footwork, and offer some of our own Tsuchigumo-style drills.

Price: CHF 60

Deconstructing Rhythm

Sa 3. Sep 2016, 09:00 - 10:30

Deconstructing Rhythm

Steven Cools (En/Nl)

This will be a rhythmically challenging workshop where we explore the relationship between time and beats, subdivisions, pulse and groups. In doing so we experience the fun and feel behind these theoretical aspects of taiko and rhythm. Get ready for cool rhythmic changes and a fried brain!

Price: CHF 30

Nanameuchi Basics

Sa 3. Sep 2016, 09:00 - 12:00

Nanameuchi Basics

Razz Purcell (En/De)

Nanameuchi is the slanted style of taiko playing originating from Bon Festival drumming in the Tokyo region. This fun and expressive style has become particularly popular throughout North America. Participants will learn the fundamentals that form a solid nanameuchi technique. Kata with flowing and powerful movements will be explored.

Price: CHF 60

Moving from the core

Sa 3. Sep 2016, 10:30 - 12:00

Moving from the core

Isabel Romeo Biedma (En/Sp/Jp)

Through engaging exercises, we will experience that everything in our body is connected, and that our core is the basis for relaxed and free movement. We will focus on honing our body awareness and consciousness. Participants will be able to apply the skills learned to all movements in one's life, including taiko.

This workshop involves body contact with other participants. 

Price: CHF 30

Introduction to Taiko

Sa 3. Sep 2016, 13:00 - 14:30

Introduction to Taiko

Razz Purcell (En/De)

Discover how to use your whole body to bring out the sound of the taiko. If you've never played before, then this workshop is for you! Participants will learn basic taiko techniques and rhythms in a fun atmosphere.

Taiko playing requires great energy and teamwork, as well as total integration of one’s mind, body and spirit. So prepare yourself for a unique group experience that will energise, stimulate and excite.

Price: CHF 30

Narimo-YES

Sa 3. Sep 2016, 13:30 - 14:30

Narimo-YES

Martin Doyle & Shonagh Walker (En)

Participants will be taken through basic techniques on chappa (hand cymbals) and atarigane (small gong). From the various grips, stroke types, available sounds, and rhythms to help build solid technique, before going through movement and performance ideas.

If you have your own atarigane or pair of chappa, please bring it.

Price: CHF 20

Yokosuke Uta

Sa 3. Sep 2016, 13:30 - 16:30

Yokosuke Uta

Yukari Ichise (En/Jp)

Yokosuke Uta is a piece created by Art Lee in 2007. The name represents the style in which the performance piece is played. "Yoko" is for Yokomen-uchi, or horizontal playing. "Suke" represents the naname style, or slant at about a 45 - 60 degree angle. "Uta" is another word for song. It is played with a jazzy feeling and dynamic rotations between several taiko.

Price: CHF 60

Shodo Calligraphy

Sa 3. Sep 2016, 13:30 - 15:00

Shodo Calligraphy

Denise Baumgartner (En/De/Jp)

Shodo (Japanese calligraphy) is the art of creating words with ink and brush. It is an ancient East Asian art form that has been refined over the centuries. By taking part in shodo you take part in this tradition of East Asian wisdom and tranquility. Shodo has also been used as a form of meditation; through the rhythmic brushing of characters, practitioners find inner peace.

Would you like to experience traditional Japanese calligraphy? Here you can immerse yourself in and enjoy a world of black ink. All necessary materials and equipment will be provided.

Registration
Price: CHF 20

3 Elements for Groove

Sa 3. Sep 2016, 14:30 - 16:30

3 Elements for Groove

Ingmar Kikat (En/De/Jp)

In this workshop we will practice 3 basic elements for the development of groove in taiko:

  1. Connecting to the beat
  2. Timing and movement
  3. Flowing bachi for accents

Practicing these 3 elements can help players of all styles to develop more groove feeling in the body, a better timing and a more differentiated way of playing. Recommended for players of all levels!

Price: CHF 40

The Ultimate Miyake Daiko

Su 4. Sep 2016, 09:00 - 12:00

The Ultimate Miyake Daiko

Art Lee (En/Jp)

Miyake Daiko is one of the most popular traditional taiko pieces in existence. The piece evokes images of Miyake island as the waters slowly move away from the island then begin to gain strength as the wind and the ocean floor pushes the waters upward and on, until reaching the mainland with full force. This workshop will focus is on simple, yet powerful rhythms and body movement. Rhythms learned in this workshop will be available for continued practice at home afterwards.

Price: CHF 60

Yokouchi

Su 4. Sep 2016, 09:00 - 12:00

Yokouchi

Shogo Yoshii (En/Jp)

Originating on the island of Hachijo-jima, this visually arresting style of taiko combines fluid, graceful movement with startling power.

Workshop participants will be taken through the basic form and associated techniques, and shown exercises to develop the relaxed and powerful strokes the style is so renowned for. These foundational concepts can be applied to all styles of playing, making this workshop a must for players of all levels. Participants should bring a small towel for a pulling exercise.

Price: CHF 60

Shodo Calligraphy

Su 4. Sep 2016, 10:00 - 11:30

Shodo Calligraphy

Denise Baumgartner (En/De/Jp)

Shodo (Japanese calligraphy) is the art of creating words with ink and brush. It is an ancient East Asian art form that has been refined over the centuries. By taking part in shodo you take part in this tradition of East Asian wisdom and tranquility. Shodo has also been used as a form of meditation; through the rhythmic brushing of characters, practitioners find inner peace.

Would you like to experience traditional Japanese calligraphy? Here you can immerse yourself in and enjoy a world of black ink. All necessary materials and equipment will be provided.

Registration.
Price: CHF 20